A marvered brown and turquoise glass Vial  Egypt or Syria, 12th-13th Century
Lot 46*
A marvered brown and turquoise glass Vial Egypt or Syria, 12th/13th Century
£1,000 - 2,000
US$ 1,700 - 3,400
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A marvered brown and turquoise glass Vial
Egypt or Syria, 12th/13th Century
the translucent dark brown body of tapering square section with a small uneven square base with pontil mark, the narrow cylindrical neck rising to a flared thickened mouth, decorated with an opaque turquoise marvered trail
11.2cm. high

Footnotes

  • Marvered decoration involves pouring a second strand of different coloured glass onto a still hot vessel which is being rotated. This produces a band of coloured decoration which can be manipulated into different designs. Many different shaped objects were produced using this decorative technique, however the predominant shapes appear to be of an elongated flask form.

    The long established supposition that bottles of this type served as containers for kohl was conclusively proved by excavations at al-Tur in the Sinai peninsula in the early 1990s where amongst a group of twenty-seven bottles of related shape one was found in association with a copper rod for applying kohl and even retained vestiges of its original contents (Carboni, S., Glass from Islamic Lands, London 2001, p. 305). For comparable examples, see Carboni 2001, p. 304, cat. no. 80.
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