Globular Bottle

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Object Name: 
Globular Bottle
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
55.1.133
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 20.9 cm, Diam (max): 10.2 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
900-1099
Primary Description: 
Transparent deep blue. Blown; facet-, linear- and slant-cut, and probably filed. Bottle with globular body. Rim plain, with flat top; neck long, narrow, and slightly wider at bottom than at top; wall curves down, out, and in; base has tubular foot ring made by folding and is slightly convex at center; apparently no pontil mark. Neck and wall have wheel-cut and probably filed ornament. Neck has four horizontal bands of ornament separated by countersunk ribs: from top to bottom, (1) countersunk molding with convex profile; (2) five vertical facets (H. 4.1 cm) separated by unworked strips; each facet has raised triangle at top and bottom, and raised diamond at midpoint; (3) six contiguous rhomboids (H. 2.2 cm, W. 0.9 cm) forming continuous zigzag; above and below junction of each pair of rhomboids, one short horizontal cut; (4) six rectangular vertical facets (H. 2.4 cm) and one unworked vertical strip. Body has two continuous horizontal friezes with two parallel border lines at top of upper frieze, single line separating friezes, and single line at bottom of lower frieze. Upper, narrow frieze consists of five arc-shaped cuts with their ends pointing down alternating with five arc-shaped cuts with their ends pointing up; inside each arc is one more or less horizontal cut, and between two arcs is one cross-shaped motif. Lower, wider frieze has four rather irregular, contiguous motifs with double outlines; two motifs are large horizontal "rectangles" with triangular ends and triangular projections from midpoints of sides; these are separated by one hexagon and one pentagon; each "rectangle" contains row of five countersunk circular bosses, hexagon and pentagon contain four such bosses, and rows of bosses occupy field above and below "rectangles," with one additional boss at junction of "rectangle" and pentagon; short straight or curving cuts also occur inside hexagon, pentagon, and one "rectangle," and in field.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Smith, Ray Winfield, Source
1955-09-09
Category: 
VENINI - Glass and Design in a World Perspective
Venue(s)
Mingei International Museum 2001-07-05 through 2002-01-31
A Touch of Glass
Venue(s)
Explorers Hall, National Geographic Society 1995-02-15 through 1995-09-15
 
Glass from the Ancient World
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 1957-06-04 through 1957-09-15
Special Exhibition of Islamic Art
Venue(s)
Metropolitan Museum of Art 1950 through 1950
 
Islamic Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass Volume One (2010) illustrated, p. 159, #268; BIB# 113723
Glass from the Ancient World: The Ray Winfield Smith Collection (1957) illustrated, pp. 272-273, #562; BIB# 27315
Perfume, the business of illusion (1951-04) illustrated, p. 544; BIB# 125830