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Cosmetic Flask

Object Name:
Kohl flask
13th century
Attributed to Egypt or Syria
Glass, amber; blown with applied marvered opaque white decoration
H. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of George D. Pratt, 1932
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
Vessels formed on a sand core and decorated with marvered and combed trails of contrasting colors were one of the earliest types known from Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean world. The marvered vessels produced in the Islamic areas, such as this flask, were blown on the pipe.
George D. Pratt, New York (until 1932; gifted to MMA)
Bloomington. Indiana University. "Islamic Art Across the World," June 18, 1970–October 1, 1970, no. 231.

Bowie, Theodore Robert. "An Exhibition Prepared by Theodore Bowie." In Islamic Art Across the World. Vol. no. 1970/3. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Art Museum, 1970. no. 231.

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