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Bottle with a Globular Body

Object Name:
Bottle
Date:
19th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Glass, blue; free blown, folded foot, applied decoration
Dimensions:
H. 9 5/16 in. (23.7 cm) Max. diam. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Samuel L. M. Barlow, 1883
Accession Number:
83.6.25
  • Description

    By the beginning of the 16th century, Venice became the leading producer and exporter of fine glass wares and many such products became fashionable in Persia. These styles and techniques influenced local production, and factories were created in Shiraz producing wares that rivaled the imports from abroad.
    These types of wares–with a flared mouth and bulbous body– were produced in vivid blues and greens, illustrating the range of colors employed by glassmakers in the 18th and 19th centuries. This bottle may have been used to decant or store wine, or perhaps as a base of a water pipe. Such vessels were admired for their graceful shapes and often were decoratively displayed within niches of private and public buildings in Tehran, Isfahan, and Shiraz.

  • Provenance

    Samuel L. M. Barlow, New York (until 1883; gifted to MMA)

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