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Animal Flask

Object Name:
Flask
Date:
late 7th–8th century
Geography:
probably Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Glass, amber-colored; blown, applied decoration
Dimensions:
H. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm) Gr. L. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm) Gr. Diam. 1 7/8 in. (4.7 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Charles S. Payson, 1969
Accession Number:
69.153
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
During Roman and early Islamic times, animal‑shaped vessels were made using an intricate decorated double or quadruple glass tube. Decorated with trailed glass threads, the tubes are carried on the backs of domestic animals and the trailed threads appear to imitate protective cages. Such vessels were probably used as containers for kohl or perfume.
Mrs. Charles S. Payson, New York (until 1969; gifted to MMA)
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 3rd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1958. p. 231.

Swietochowski, Marie, and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. Notable Acquisitions 1965-1975 (1965-1975). p. 145, ill. (b/w).

Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. p. 16, ill. fig. 4 (color).

Carboni, Stefano, David Whitehouse, Robert H. Brill, and William Gudenrath. Glass of the Sultans. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001. no. 31, pp. 112-114, ill. p. 113 (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 14A, p. 37, ill. p. 37 (color).



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