Bottle with Molded Designs of Animals

Object Name: Bottle

Date: 9th–10th century

Geography: Attributed to Iraq or Syria

Medium: Glass, greenish yellow; blown in two parts, impressed with tongs

Dimensions: H. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Diam. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1908

Accession Number: 08.138.2


Vessels, usually those with open profiles, were often decorated with patterns carved on the ends of metal tongs and impressed on the object. Bottles such as this one, formed from two separate sections that were impressed before being joined in the so-called incalmo technique, were rather uncommon. This bottle's appearance is enhanced by the two different colors of the upper and lower sections, making it a remarkable example of its type.