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Pilgrim Flask

Object Name:
Pilgrim flask
Date:
17th century
Geography:
Turkey
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Copper (tombak); cast, engraved and gilded
Dimensions:
H. 8 1/4 in (21 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Purchase, Alastair B. Martin, Schimmel Foundation Inc., Mr. and Mrs. Jerome A. Straka, Margaret Mushekian, and Edward Ablat Gifts, and Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.100
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459
Imitating the shape of more portable leather prototypes, this so-called pilgrim flask is cast in copper. Originally covered in a type of gilding referred to as tombak, this piece still displays traces of its once golden sheen. Leather flasks were a standard part of equestrian equipment, and were popular among the Ottomans. Luxury examples such as this, however, probably served as emblems of rank.
[ Ahuan Islamic Art, Panama, until 1984; sold to MMA]
Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. p. 125, ill. fig. 96 (color).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel S. Walker, Arturo Ponce Guadián, Sussan Babaie, Stefano Carboni, Aimee Froom, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, Tomoko Masuya, Annie Christine Daskalakis-Matthews, Abdallah Kahil, and Rochelle Kessler. "Colegio de San Ildefonso, Septiembre de 1994-Enero de 1995." In Arte Islámico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York. Mexico City: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, 1994. no. 87, pp. 218-219, ill. p. 219 (b/w).



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