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Long-necked Bottle

Object Name:
first half 14th century
Egypt or Syria
Glass, colorless with green tinge; blown, blown applied foot, applied decoration, enameled and gilded
H. 19 5/8 in. (49.8 cm) Max. Diam. 9 11/16 in. (24.6 cm) Diam. of Base: 6 5/16 in. (16 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1936
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
Especially after the Mongol‑Mamluk peace of 1323, the Chinese motifs popular in contemporary Ilkhanid art began to appear in the art and architecture of the Mamluks. Here, a Chinese cloud‑collar design provides the framework of four medallions, each decorated with a bird of prey attacking a goose, surrounded by a floral ground of Chinese‑inspired lotus and peony blossoms. Bottles of this shape served as wine decanters, and are depicted as such in banqueting scenes in a variety of media.
Pierre Leven, Cologne (until 1853); his sale, J.M. Heberlé, Cologne, October 4, 1853, lot 137, to Soltykov; Prince Pierre Soltykov, Paris (1853–61; his sale, Drouot, Paris, April 1961, lot 835,to Russell); M. Russel(1861–64; sold to Baron de Rothchild); Baron Gustave de Rothschild, Paris (from1864–d. 1911); his son, Baron Robert de Rothchild, Paris (from 1911); [ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, until 1936; sold to MMA]
Labrusse, Rémi. "L'Europe moderne et les arts de l'Islam." In Islamophilies. Paris and Lyon: Somogy Editions d'Art, 2011. no. 156, p. 269, ill. (color).

Collinot, Eugène, and Adalbert de Beaumont. "Recueil de dessins pour l’art et l’industrie." In Encyclopédie des arts décoratifs de l’Orient. Ornements de la Perse. Paris, 1880. ill. pl. 12 (b/w).

de Beaumont, Adalbert. Recueil de dessins pour l’art et l’industrie. Paris, 1859. ill. pl. 4 (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 246, ill. fig. 160 (b/w).

Hess, Catherine. "Islamic Influences on Glass and Ceramics of the Italian Renaissance." In The Arts of Fire. Los Angeles, 2004. pp. 84-5, ill. pl. 5 (color).

Carboni, Stefano, David Whitehouse, Robert H. Brill, and William Gudenrath. Glass of the Sultans. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001. p. 206, ill. fig. 101 (b/w).

Wypyski, Mark. Metropolitan Museum Studies in Art, Science, and Technology. vol. 1. New York, 2010. pp. 109-110, 122-3, fig. 1.

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