Animal flask

Object Name: Flask

Date: late 7th–8th century

Geography: probably Syria

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Glass, yellowish and pinkish; blown, applied decoration

Dimensions: Ht. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm)

Classification: Glass

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.