A cut glass Bottle, Persia, 11th Century
Lot 44
A large faceted glass Bottle Persia, 9th/10th Century
£6,000 - 8,000
US$ 10,000 - 13,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
A large faceted glass Bottle
Persia, 9th/10th Century
with spherical body and tubular neck, the body wheel-cut with three staggered rows of large circular panels, concentric circles around the shoulder and base, the neck with three registers of vertical facets, the edge of the rim chamfered, light surface iridescence in some places, original surface, intact
16.3cm. high


  • There are very few large wheel-cut bottles of this type which survive and those that are known are blue rather than the clear glass seen here. However, their size, the clear two steps on the upper shoulder, the division of the neck into three registers, the absence of a foot or of any form of rim or lip, and the heaviness of manufacture clearly links them into one group. Blue examples exist in the Tenri Museum, Japan (see Shinji Fukai, Persian Glass, New York, Tokyo and Osaka 1977, no. 71); Christie's, Arts of the Islamic World, October 17 1995, lot 290; and another excavated at Gurgan complete with a silver cover (Roohfar, Zohreh et al., An anthology from the Islamic Period Art, Iranian National Museum, Tehran 1996, p. 26 (unpaginated), inv. no. 8285). Clear examples similar to ours are in the Louvre (L'Islam dans les collections nationales, exhibition catalogue, Paris 1977, no.340, p.162); and for an almost identical example from the Nasli M. Heeramaneck Collection, see Christie's, Arts of the Islamic World, October 15 2002, lot 82.
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