Iran or Iraq
10th–11th century AD
yellowish-green glass, mould-blown, trail-decorated and tooled
16 x 12.5cm
The jug, with its squashed globular body, tall funnel neck and rounded rim, was blown in a two-part mould, deeply carved with an all-over design of concentric lozenges with a central sunken dot. The irregularity of the patterned surface indicates that a ceramic mould was used. The handle is made of a thick trail applied below the shoulder, pulled up and attached to the rim, and tooled into a thumb-rest.
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.140, pp.116–7. J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.52, p.59.