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Small Jar

Object Name:
Jar
Date:
9th–10th century
Geography:
probably Iraq
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Glass, greenish-blue; mold blown
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art and Rogers Fund, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.408
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]
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