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Bottle with Molded Designs of Animals

Object Name:
9th–10th century
Attributed to Iraq or Syria
Glass, greenish yellow; blown in two parts, impressed with tongs
H. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Diam. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
Abbasid glassmakers continued earlier traditions of glassmaking while incorporating new ornamental motifs. This slightly irridescent bottle showcases several sophisticated glass-making methods. The difficult "incalmo" technique fuses the dark blue glass neck and upper body of the bottle with the lower section of green glass. The lower body is impressed with five medallions, each containing the stylized figure of a running animal with long ears and a tail that ends in a palmette-like motif. The patterns call to mind griffins, birds, gazelles, or rabbits, ornamental motifs popular in Abbasid molded glass and in other media, particularly luster ceramics.
Octave Homberg(until 1908; his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 11–18, 1908,no. 67, to Fernand Robert for MMA)
Corning, NY. Corning Museum of Glass. "Glass of the Sultans," May 24, 2001–September 3, 2001, fig. 92.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Glass of the Sultans," October 2, 2001–January 13, 2002, fig. 92.

Athens, Greece. Benaki Museum. "Glass of the Sultans," February 20, 2002–May 15, 2002, fig. 92.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Mohammedan Decorative Arts. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1930. pp. 186–87, ill. fig. 116 (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 232, ill. fig. 153 (b/w).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Glass: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 44, no. 2 (Fall 1986). p. 21, ill. fig. 19 (color).

Carboni, Stefano, David Whitehouse, Robert H. Brill, and William Gudenrath. Glass of the Sultans. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001. p. 102, ill. fig. 92 (color).

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