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Long-necked Bottle

Object Name:
Bottle
Date:
first half 14th century
Geography:
Egypt or Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Glass, colorless with green tinge; blown, blown applied foot, applied decoration, enameled and gilded
Dimensions:
H. 19 5/8 in. (49.8 cm) Max. Diam. 9 11/16 in. (24.6 cm) Diam. of Base: 6 5/16 in. (16 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1936
Accession Number:
36.33
  • Description

    Especially after the Mongol‑Mamluk peace of 1323, the Chinese motifs popular in contemporary Ilkhanid art began to appear in the art and architecture of the Mamluks. Here, a Chinese cloud‑collar design provides the framework of four medallions, each decorated with a bird of prey attacking a goose, surrounded by a floral ground of Chinese‑inspired lotus and peony blossoms. Bottles of this shape served as wine decanters, and are depicted as such in banqueting scenes in a variety of media.

  • Provenance

    Pierre Leven, Cologne (until 1853); his sale, J.M. Heberlé, Cologne, October 4, 1853, lot 137, to Soltykov; Prince Pierre Soltykov, Paris (1853–61; his sale, Drouot, Paris, April 1961, lot 835,to Russell); M. Russel(1861–64; sold to Baron de Rothchild); Baron Gustave de Rothschild, Paris (from1864–d. 1911); his son, Baron Robert de Rothchild, Paris (from 1911); [ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, until 1936; sold to MMA]

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