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Cosmetic Flask (Mukhula) of Opaque Turquoise Glass

Object Name:
Bottle
Date:
8th–9th century
Geography:
probably Egypt
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Glass, opaque turquoise; blown, cold-painted
Dimensions:
H. 4 in (10.2 cm) Max. Diam. 1 1/8 in (2.9 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910
Accession Number:
10.130.2649
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
This mukhula, or container for the eye makeup known as kohl, represents a rare example of opaque turquoise glass with stained decoration, little of which has survived. Mukhulas varied little in shape and size.
Chauncey Murch, Luxor, Egypt (until d. 1907); Mrs. Chauncey Murch(1907–10); Helen Miller Gould, New York (1910; gifted to MMA)
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Glass: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 44, no. 2 (Fall 1986). p. 23, ill. fig. 21 (color).

Carboni, Stefano. "The Arts of the Fatimid Period at the Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Ismaili (2008). p. 9ML, ill. fig. 13 (color).



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