A medieval Islamic facetted glass Bottle (intact)
Lot 63
A rare wheel-cut glass Bottle Syria or Persia, 9th/ 11th Century
Sold for £9,600 (US$ 16,059) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A rare wheel-cut glass Bottle
Syria or Persia, 9th/ 11th Century
pale yellow-tinged colourless glass, with globular body, stepped shoulder, and tall facetted, ribbed neck with everted flattened hexagonal mouth, with facetted pad foot, the body cut with three rows of offset hollow cut oval facets, intact
16.3 cm. high

Footnotes

  • Although the decoration of this type of bottle is based on a Sassanian model, its shape is entirely Islamic. For a similar bottle with slightly more elaborate decoration in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, that also parallels it to fragments of vessels found on the Serce Limani wreck, which can be securely dated to the third decade of the 11th century, see Marilyn Jenkins, Islamic Glass. A Brief History, Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 44.2, 1982, pp. 30-1, no. 30. A further parallel but without the hexagonal mouth can be found in the Khalili Collection (see Sidney M. Goldstein, Glass. The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, Vol. 15, London 2005, pp. 176-7, no. 213).
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