Islamic Glass Bottle (Sprinkler)

SKU AMD.276
Circa

1000 AD to 1100 AD

Dimensions

6″ (15.2cm) high

Medium

Glass

Origin

Central Asia

Gallery Location

UK


 

This bottle has a rounded irregular ledge rim, a long neck widening towards the bottom, a slopping shoulder, a squat globular body, and a concave disk base. Trails wounds spirals four times around the neck. Around the base of the neck is an undulating trail in the same colour as the sprinkler. The trail was a very common form of decoration used to decorate bottles of this type. It was believed that it may have served to make the vessel easier to hold. The body is decorated with cartouches of arabesque nature. The surface of the vessel is partly weathered, resulting in a pale brown patina.

Bottles with globular bodies and long narrow necks are characteristic of the Seljuk glass assemblage in Central Asia. These bottles were used as sprinklers and were decorated by mold- blowing with honeycombs, arabesques, or spiral patterns.

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