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Bottle with Four Handles

Object Name:
Vase
Date:
19th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Glass, blue; blown, hollow folded foot, applied handles and decoration
Dimensions:
H. 5 3/4 in.
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.1563
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462
By the beginning of the 16th century, Venice became the leading producer and exporter of fine glass wares and many such products became fashionable in Persia. These styles and techniques influenced local production, and factories were created in Shiraz producing wares that rivaled the imports from abroad.
These types of wares–with a flared mouth and bulbous body– were produced in vivid blues and greens, illustrating the range of colors employed by glassmakers in the 18th and 19th centuries. This bottle may have been used to decant or store wine, or perhaps as a base of a water pipe. Such vessels were admired for their graceful shapes and often were decoratively displayed within niches of private and public buildings in Tehran, Isfahan, and Shiraz.
Edward C. Moore (American, New York 1827–1891 New York), New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
Bloomington. Indiana University. "Islamic Art Across the World," June 18, 1970–October 1, 1970, no. 239.

Bowie, Theodore Robert. "An Exhibition Prepared by Theodore Bowie." In Islamic Art Across the World. Vol. no. 1970/3. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Art Museum, 1970. no. 239.



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