Exhibitions/ Art Object

Flask with Green Cameo Decoration

9th–10th century
Made in Probably Iran
Translucent glass with green glass overlays, relief cut, incised
H: 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm); diam: 3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm)
Credit Line:
The British Museum, London (1967,1211.1)
Not on view
Animals—a popular theme during the Byzantine era—continued to appear in early Islamic art. Hares represented plenty and the hunt, a popular activity of the elite for centuries.
Cameo glass, widespread throughout the eastern Mediterranean in Roman times, was revived during the Islamic period. Here, the harelike figure is carved from a patch of green glass applied over the translucent glass of the vessel’s body.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.