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Pilgrim Flask

Object Name:
Pilgrim flask
early 17th century
Attributed to India, Deccan or Northern India
Brass; cast
H. 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm) W. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm) Diam. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, and Alastair B. Martin and Nathaniel Spear Jr. Gifts, 1992
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
This flask relates to a group of similarly shaped vessels made of animal hide in India and earlier prototypes from Ottoman Turkey. The four metal rings on this brass example were possibly used for suspension. Containers of precisely this form are depicted in Deccani court painting, suggesting this work’s provenance.
[ John Lawrence Fine Arts Inc., London, by 1985–92; sold to MMA]
Mexico City. Colegio de San Ildefonso. "Arte islamico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York," September 30, 1994–January 8, 1995, no. 88.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Courtly Radiance: Metalwork from Islamic India," September 25, 2001–May 5, 2002, no catalogue.

Desai, Vishakha N., and Ainslee Thomas Embree. Life at Court: Art for India's Rulers, 16th–19th Centuries. Boston, MA: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1985. no. 108, ill. fig. 108 (b/w).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel S. Walker, Arturo Ponce Guadián, Sussan Babaie, Stefano Carboni, Aimee Froom, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, Tomoko Masuya, Annie Christine Daskalakis-Matthews, Abdallah Kahil, and Rochelle Kessler. "Colegio de San Ildefonso, Septiembre de 1994-Enero de 1995." In Arte Islámico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York. Mexico City: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, 1994. no. 88, pp. 220-221, ill. p. 221 (b/w).

Zebrowski, Mark. Gold, Silver and Bronze from Mughal India. London: Laurence King Publishers, 1997. p. 200, ill. figs. 301, 517, Wrong object no. in the label (1994.100).

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