H. 2 1/16 (5.2 cm)
Diam. of body: 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
Diam. of rim: 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)
Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art and Rogers Fund, 1996
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
The molded decoration of this greenish-blue glass jar includes pairs of simple palmettes arranged one above the other in eight narrow vertical compartments. Together, these suggest both a ninth-to-tenth century dating and an Iraq provenance for this small jar. The impression of an eagle with spread wings under the base, which is not usually visible, may be a factory stamp.
[ Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, until 1996; sold to MMA]