Especially after the Mongol‑Mamluk peace of 1323, the Chinese motifs popular in contemporary Ilkhanid art began to appear in the art and architecture of the Mamluks. Here, a Chinese cloud‑collar design provides the framework of four medallions, each decorated with a bird of prey attacking a goose, surrounded by a floral ground of Chinese‑inspired lotus and peony blossoms. Bottles of this shape served as wine decanters, and are depicted as such in banqueting scenes in a variety of media.
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Date:first half 14th century
Geography:Attributed to Egypt or Syria
Medium:Glass, colorless with green tinge; blown, blown applied foot, applied decoration, enameled, and gilded
Dimensions:H. 19 5/8 in. (49.8 cm) Max. Diam. 9 11/16 in. (24.6 cm) Diam. of Base: 6 5/16 in. (16 cm)
Credit Line:Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1936
Pierre Leven, Cologne (until 1853); his sale, J.M. Heberlé, Cologne, October 4, 1853, lot 137 (to Soltykov); Prince Alexei Soltykoff, Paris (1853–d. 1859); by descent to his brother, Prince Petr Soltykov, Paris (1859–61; his sale, Drouot, Paris, April 1961, lot 835,to Russell); Mr. Roussel(1861–64; sold to de Rothchild); baron Gustave de Rothschild, Paris (1864–d. 1911); by descent to his son, baron Robert de Rothchild, Paris (from 1911); [ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, until 1936; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Renaissance of Islam: Art of the Mamluks," November 21, 1981–January 10, 1982, suppl. #19.
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New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Glass of the Sultans," October 2, 2001–January 13, 2002, fig. 101.
Athens, Greece. Benaki Museum. "Glass of the Sultans," February 20–May 15, 2002, fig. 101.
Lexington, KY. International Museum of the Horse. "Gift from the Desert," June 1, 2010–October 15, 2010.
Lyons. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyons. ""Islamophilia": Islamic Art, Europe and Modernity," March 31, 2011–July 4, 2011, no. 156.
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Collinot, Eugène, and Adalbert de Beaumont. "Recueil de dessins pour l’art et l’industrie." In Encyclopédie des arts décoratifs de l’Orient. Ornements de la Perse. Paris, 1880. ill. pl. 12 (b/w).
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 246, ill. fig. 160 (b/w).
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Glass: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 44, no. 2 (Fall 1986). p. 44, ill. fig. 49 (color).
Carboni, Stefano, David Whitehouse, Robert H. Brill, and William Gudenrath. Glass of the Sultans. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001. p. 206, ill. fig. 101 (b/w).
Hess, Catherine. "Islamic Influences on Glass and Ceramics of the Italian Renaissance." In The Arts of Fire. Los Angeles, 2004. pp. 84–5, ill. pl. 5 (color).
Wypyski, Mark. Metropolitan Museum Studies in Art, Science, and Technology. vol. 1. New York, 2010. pp. 109–10, 122–23, ill. fig. 1.
Labrusse, Rémi. "L'Europe moderne et les arts de l'Islam." In Islamophilies. Paris and Lyon: Somogy Editions d'Art, 2011. no. 156, p. 269, ill. (color).
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