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Glass Bottle with Faceted Decoration

Object Name:
9th–10th century
Attributed to Iran
Glass, colorless; blown, cut
H. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm) Diam. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1965
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
The shape of this bottle seems to have been popular in glass as well as metal and glazed pottery. Though it is hard to say which medium gave way to the other, this particular faceted variety with horizontal grooves marking the transitions between the different decorative sections of the vessel has especially close parallels in metal.
[ Saeed Motamed, Frankfurt, until 1965; sold to MMA]
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Glass: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 44, no. 2 (Fall 1986). p. 31, ill. fig. 32 (b/w).

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