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water-flask / pilgrim flask

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1869,0120.3

  • Description

    Glass water-flask in the shape of a pilgrim's flask; gilded and enamelled decoration.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1250-1260 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 23 centimetres
    • Height: 23.2 centimetres
    • Width: 15.2 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Glass canteens are neither common nor is glass a particularly obvious material for making containers of this type. However, a fragmentary colourless cut glass canteen decorated in relief with animals, birds, palmettes and other motifs, attributed to the 9th-10th century and possibly found in Iran, exists in Corning (1955.1.125; cf. David Whitehouse, 2010: 'Catalogue of the Islamic Glass in Corning, Volume 1', Corning, pp.231-33, cat.388). In both cases, one sees outstanding work by glass artists of the Islamic period who have borrowed a form more common in other media.

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  • Bibliography

    • Hayward 1976 136 bibliographic details
    • Curtis & Tallis 2012 138 bibliographic details
    • Tait 1991 165-166 bibliographic details
    • Carboni & Whitehouse 2001 cat.123, pp.247-49 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G34/dc19

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2014 Sep-2015 Jan, BM WCEC, 'Ming: 50 years that changed China'
    2012 24 May - 30 Sep, London, BM, 'The horse: from Arabia to Royal Ascot'
    2010 29 May-15 Oct, USA, Kentucky Horse Park, 'A Gift from the Desert'
    2002 20 Feb-15 May, Greece, Athens, Benaki Museum, 'Glass of the Sultans'
    2001 17 Sep-2002 14 Jan, USA, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 'Glass of the Sultans'
    2001 24 May-2 Oct, USA, Corning, Corning Museum of Glass, 'Glass of the Sultans'
    1996, 'Furusiyya' (cancelled)
    1976, Hayward Gallery

  • Condition

    Fair

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1869

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    1869,0120.3

COMPASS Title: Pilgrim bottle

Unknown

COMPASS Title: Pilgrim bottle

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