Its small size and elegant manufacture suggest that this bottle may have been used to carry oils or ointments to the public baths. The patterns of concentric circles may have been intended to protect the owner from evil.
[ Azeez Khayat, New York, until 1900; sold to MMA]
Date: dated A.H. 1119/A.D. 1707Medium: Wood (poplar) with gesso relief, gold and tin leaf, glazes and paint; wood (cypress, poplar, and mulberry), mother-of-pearl, marble and other stones, stucco with glass, plaster ceramic tiles, iron, brassAccession: 1970.170On view in:Gallery 461