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Animal flask

Object Name:
Flask
Date:
late 7th–8th century
Geography:
probably Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Glass, yellowish and pinkish; blown, applied decoration
Dimensions:
Ht. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 1999
Accession Number:
1999.145
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.
[ Art market, Israel]; [ Taiyo Ltd., Tokyo, until 1999; sold to MMA]
Carboni, Stefano, David Whitehouse, Robert H. Brill, and William Gudenrath. Glass of the Sultans. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001. no. 32, 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. 14B, p. 37, ill. p. 37 (color).



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