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Overall H: 30.2 cm, Diam (max): 16.2 cm
On Display
about 1300-1329
Web Description: 
Enameled and gilded glass is the most celebrated type of glass from the Islamic world. During the 13th and 14th centuries, in a region that now includes Egypt and Syria, Ayyubid and Mamluk glassmakers lavished their creative efforts on generously proportioned and richly painted objects. The shape of this handled vase and its parallels is unknown in Mamluk metal and ceramic production, and it has been suggested that the glassmakers were inspired by Chinese ceramic vases with dragon handles. The decorative composition of the vase is particularly well balanced. It consists of lively schools of fish at the top and bottom, a prominent inscription, a heraldic six-petaled rosette, and staggered circular medallions that enlarge proportionally with the body of the object. The rosette has been interpreted as the emblem of several Mamluk emirs.
Morley, Charles (Chas) L., Source
Morley, Charles (Chas) L., Source
Pasha, Tigrane, Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Clear glass with yellow honey-colored tint and with many bubbles and few large blowing-spirals; free blown, gilded and enameled, applied handles; pear-shaped body with concave base having very rough pontil mark, applied ring-base with air trap, cylindrical neck with wide flaring top, rim with air trap folded outwards; a pair of snake-like wavy handles with one large loop applied to shoulder and neck. Decoration from bottom to top; golden fish with red outlines, an Arabic inscription repeating "the Wise" together with two medallions showing arabesques, on the shoulder arabesques and two medallions on each side showing arabesques and floral motifs; around the neck arabesques and two medallions (coat-of-arms) showing a golden rosette with leaves on a red background, this frieze bordered by two narrow bands with arabesques and dots, below rim another frieze with fish. The handles join the shoulder at pointed golden medallions or "Norman shields".
Glass of the Sultans
Benaki Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Art
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