Animal Flask

Object Name: Flask

Date: late 7th–8th century

Geography: Attributed to probably Syria

Medium: Glass, amber-colored; blown, applied decoration

Dimensions: H. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
Gr. L. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Gr. Diam. 1 7/8 in. (4.7 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Charles S. Payson, 1969

Accession Number: 69.153


During Roman and early Islamic times, animal‑shaped vessels were made using an intricate decorated double or quadruple glass tube. Decorated with trailed glass threads, the tubes are carried on the backs of domestic animals and the trailed threads appear to imitate protective cages. Such vessels were probably used as containers for kohl or perfume.