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Flask

Object Name:
Bottle
Date:
10th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran. Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Medium:
Glass, colorless; blown, cut
Dimensions:
H. 6 11/16 in. (17 cm)
Diam. 3 15/16 in. (10 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
40.170.129
Not on view
An example of "bevel-cut" glass, this piece is closer to relief cutting than other related examples. The negative space between the four hearts, the latter being a common device in Sasanian decorated bands, has been interpreted as an intentional Christian symbol. Whether or not it was so intended, other unquestionable examples of Christian crosses occur on Nishapur objects of the period.
1939, excavated at Tepe Madrasa in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1940, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

Kröger, Jens. Nishapur: Glass of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 225, p. 171, ill. (b/w).

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