A Fatimid rock crystal molar flask in form of fish
Lot 73
A rock crystal Molar Flask in the form of a fish Egypt or Syria, 10th-12th Century
Sold for £4,375 (US$ 7,353) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A rock crystal Molar Flask in the form of a fish
Egypt or Syria, 10th-12th Century
with flattened body, two pointed feet and stepped conical neck with flaring rim, the body incised with zig-zag decoration
6.4 cm. high

Footnotes

  • Glass vessels in the form of fishes or birds were manufactured from the late Roman period onwards, most probably in the Near East. Used as containers for precious liquids, they were free-blown, some with a tooled glass loop, which suggests they may have also been worn as pendants (Goldstein, S., Glass, vol. XV, The Nasser Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, 2005, p. 78).

    Rock crystal examples exist in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (mounted as a pendant) and the Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo although ours bears more resemblance to the cut glass examples (in particular Carboni, S.Glass from Islamic Lands, London, 2001, cat. 2.40g).

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the image of this lot is upside down on the online catalogue. For the correct image please refer to the printed catalogue.
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