Early Islamic Conical Glass Vessel

SKU GF.0124

700 AD to 900 AD


4″ (10.2cm) high





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This thick vessel has a flat base, flared walls and a conical shaped body. Throughout the centuries, the surface has been partially weathered, resulting in the formation of a bronze patina and iridescence, giving the object a magnificent tint. The molded decoration, which covers the entire surface except for the top part of the neck, consists of a small honeycomb pattern, commonly used on molded vessels of this period.

The discovery, in the first century B.C., that molten glass could be inflated to create objects was soon followed by the realisation that vessels could be formed and decorated in a single operation mold. Since their introduction by the Romans in the early first century A.D., molds have been used continuously and remain one of the most common tools of the glassmaker. The technique spread from the eastern Mediterranean region, where it originated, to all Islamic glassmaking areas.

Vessels of this kind probably made to contain precious liquids such as oils and perfumes.

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