Flask

transparent brownish glass, blown and tooled, decorated with opaque enamels and gilding

28.4 x 15.5cm

The enamelled decoration on the body is applied in a series of nine registers and only the underside of the body is left plain. The shoulder bears a wide band with a dedication to an unnamed sultan, in thulth script outlined in red and with some traces of gilding, on a blue enamel background. It reads, ‘Glory to His Majesty the Sultan, the King, the wise, the just’.

S.M. Goldstein et al, Glass. From Sasanian Antecedents to European Imitations, The Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume XV, London 2005, cat.312, pp.288–9.

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.242, p.201.