Animal Flask

Object Name: Flask

Date: late 7th–8th century

Geography: Attributed to probably Syria

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Glass, amber-colored; blown, applied decoration

Dimensions: H. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
Gr. L. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Gr. Diam. 1 7/8 in. (4.7 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Charles S. Payson, 1969

Accession Number: 69.153


During Roman and early Islamic times, a popular type of vessel was a single, double, or quadruple glass cosmetic tube intricately decorated with trailed glass threads. In the Islamic examples, these tubes are carried on the backs of domestic animals, and the trailed threads are meant to imitate wicker baskets or cages protecting the bottle.