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GLS 571
GLS 571

Unguent Flask or Scent Bottle

GLS 571

Eastern Mediterranean or Iran

10th–12th century AD

GLS 571

Unguent Flask or Scent Bottle

GLS 571

Eastern Mediterranean or Iran

10th–12th century AD

bubbly colourless glass with a yellow-green tinge; blown, trail-decorated and tooled

9.8 x 3.4cm

The conical body of this small flask tapers to a thickened, knob base, which retains a pontil mark. It has a tall, slightly flaring neck with a rounded rim and a torus moulding at its base. A trail, applied to the base of the neck and pulled up to the rim, forms the handle.

Despite its utilitarian form, considerable care was taken with the decoration. A trail was applied to the top of the handle, looped back on itself and pulled to the base of the handle, where it is tooled into a rigaree pattern that continues to the base of the flask. Two other trails, applied to the shoulders and pulled down the length of the body, are tooled in a similar fashion. A fourth trail applied to the apex of the handle forms a stylized snake’s- or dragon’s-head thumb-rest. The trails are of even thickness, and the tooling is uniform.

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.291, p.252.