Cosmetic Flask (Mukhula) of Opaque Turquoise Glass, Glass, opaque turquoise; blown, cold-painted

Cosmetic Flask (Mukhula) of Opaque Turquoise Glass

Object Name:
8th–9th century
Attributed to probably Egypt
Glass, opaque turquoise; blown, cold-painted
H. 4 in (10.2 cm)
Max. Diam. 1 1/8 in (2.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
This mukhula, or container for the eye makeup known as kohl, represents a rare example of opaque turquoise glass with stained decoration, little of which has survived. Mukhulas varied little in shape and size.
Chauncey Murch, Luxor, Egypt (until d. 1907); Mrs. Chauncey Murch(1907–10); Helen Miller Gould, New York (1910; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Glass Gathers: The Hagop Kevorkian Fund Special Exhibitions Gallery," May 24, 1990–March 31, 1991, no catalogue.

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Glass: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 44, no. 2 (Fall 1986). p. 23, ill. fig. 21 (color).

Carboni, Stefano. "The Arts of the Fatimid Period at the Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Ismaili (2008). p. 9ML, ill. fig. 13 (color).