Object Name: Flask
Date: late 7th–8th century
Geography: probably Syria
Medium: Glass, yellowish and pinkish; blown, applied decoration
Dimensions: Ht. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 1999
Accession Number: 1999.145
This vessel in the shape of a camel was probably a container for kohl, perfume, or essence. The shape and dimensions of such a trinketlike figurine suggest that its contents were poured while it was comfortably held in the hand. Stylized glass quadrupeds carrying burdens may also have been appealing as symbols of the trade and exchange of goods along caravan routes.