A green glass Cylinder Persia or Mesopotamia, 8th-10th Century
of tubular form, with straight thick walls and gently rounded bottom, heavily iridesced 19cm. long
Provenance: Acquired from a private collection in 1965.
A similar though larger green glass cylinder exists in the Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art (inv.no. GLS 256) published in Heavenly art, Earthly Beauty, exhibition catalogue, London, 1999, no. 212. Shards of comparable vessels have been found at Nineveh and Qasr-i Abu Nasr suggesting they were widely used. Formerly thought to have been used as document containers, their exact function remains unknown.