Cylindrical Bottle

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Object Name: 
Cylindrical Bottle
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Overall H: 28 cm, Diam (max) 18.3 cm
Not on Display
Primary Description: 
Almost colorless, with yellowish tinge. Blown (body perhaps blown in dip mold); facet- and linear-cut, painted and gilded. Bottle with roughly cylindrical body. It has flange rim with rounded edge, cylindrical neck, and sloping shoulder, also with rounded edge; wall is straight, and it tapers slightly toward bottom; base is plain; pontil mark. Rim, neck, shoulder, and wall have wheel-cut, painted, and gilded ornament, and underside of base was also finished by cutting. Wheel-cut ornament consists of, on neck: four continuous horizontal bands separated by ribs (from top to bottom): (1) nine contiguous square or squarish facets, (2 and 3) plain, and (4) eight contiguous square or squarish facets; on shoulder: three small concentric “steps” and, at edge, continuous row of hollow oval facets; on wall: horizontal groove at top, countersunk rib at midpoint, and horizontal groove above row of hollow oval facets at bottom; on underside of base: concentric groove (D. 6.4 cm) and ground depression at center, which would have removed most of pontil mark if one existed. Exterior of rim, neck, shoulder, and wall seems to have been completely covered with painting and gilding, but this is mostly lost, and only traces of gilding and red paint or enamel survive. On outside of rim: possibly rosettes and at least one cruciform motif. On neck (from top to bottom): (1) one quatrefoil on each facet, (2 and 3) illegible, and (4) one rosette with eight petals on each facet. On shoulder, between steps and row of facets: part of ornament appears to be medallion flanked by crosses formées and possibly by nimbed figures; on facets: illegible. On wall: (1) above countersunk rib, according to Axel von Saldern, who described the object in 1959, “wheel-rosettes, pairs of sphinxes facing each other, medallions with human figures and arabesques” (record on file at the Museum); (2) below rib, again according to Saldern, “four(?) wheel-rosettes, alternating with four pairs (?) of human figures.”
Soustiel, Joseph, Source
Islamic Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass Volume One (2010) illustrated, pp. 50-51, #66; BIB# 113723