Known in Venice as inghistere fracade ("flat-sided bottles"), pilgrim flasks drew on Islamic models not only for their shape but also for foliate and floral patterns. In both the Islamic world and Renaissance Venice, pilgrim flasks were often made in pairs to celebrate marriages.
Otto Hopfinger, New York; [Blumka Gallery, New York].
"A Resource for Educators." Art of the Islamic World. New York, 2012, p. 226, fig. 57 (color). Compares the scrolling floral elements and medallions which are evocative of motifs seen on gilded and painted glass from Syria and Egypt as shown in 17.190.985.
Date: second half 16th century and second half 19th centuryMedium: Rock crystal, cut on the wheel, enameled gold, rubies, and reverse-painted and gilded glass (verre églomisé).Accession: 1975.1.1497On view in:Gallery 951