Name of Object:
Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities (Medelhavsmuseet)
Date of Object:
Hegira 3rd–4th centuries / AD 9th–10th centuries
Museum Inventory Number:
Material(s) / Technique(s):
Glass; moulded, cut.
Height 7 cm
Period / Dynasty:
The flask of translucent bluish glass consists of the neck and the body. The lower part of the long conical neck has three rings in relief that divide the surface into sections of different widths. The round opening has a flanged rim. A wide horizontal strip around the body divides the four sides of the flask into two equal sections. The shoulders are faceted and ornamented in high relief with double triangles. In the lower section towards the base the tapering sides are faceted, sloping to form four elongated feet, which are now missing.
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Small flask of translucent bluish glass with a long conical neck and a four-sided body. A characteristic of this kind of flask is their elongated, wedge-shaped feet, which are missing here. These flasks were probably used for perfumes or essences.
How date and origin were established:
In the relevant literature the generally accepted dating of molar flasks is the 3rd–4th / 9th–10th centuries.
How Object was obtained:
Purchased in 1932 by the National Museum of Fine Arts as part of the so-called Hannibal collection from the Russian art dealer Hannibal, in Tehran, on behalf of the Swedish art historian Carl Johan Lamm (1902–82). The collection consists in total of around 750 items of Egyptian and Persian glass.
How provenance was established:
Acquired by the Russian art dealer Hannibal in Egypt. This specific form of molar flasks originated in Egypt.
Carboni, S., Glass from Islamic Lands: The Al-Sabah Collection, London, 2001.
Citation of this web page:
Friederike Voigt "Flask" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2021. https://islamicart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;se;Mus01;1;en
Prepared by: Friederike Voigt