Pilgrim flask


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 954

Known in Venice as inghistere fracade ("flat-sided bottles"), pilgrim flasks drew on Islamic models not only for their shape but also for foliate and floral patterns. In both the Islamic world and Renaissance Venice, pilgrim flasks were often made in pairs to celebrate marriages.

Pilgrim flask, Italian  , Venetian, early 16th century, Colorless (slightly tan) nonlead glass.  Blown, enameled, gilt., Italian (Venice)

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