Bottle with a Globular Body

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462

Like most Qajar-period glass vessels, this greenish-glass ewer is monochromatic with an elegant profile and minimal surface ornamentation. Applied trails spiral down the narrow cylindrical neck, and lead to a bulbous base. This particular shape can be found in much older pieces from the early Islamic period in Egypt and Syria, and its classic silhouette serves as an example of the timeless forms that unite Islamic art.
The deep inversion at base of the bottle has been left by the pontil, or rod that was used to facilitate handling during production and the application of decorative techniques.

Bottle with a Globular Body, Glass, greenish; blown, applied decoration

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