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Overall H: 14.6 cm, Diam (max): 3.5 cm
Not on Display
about 1200-1299
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Small cosmetic flasks are among the most common Islamic glass vessels with marvered decoration. They may have held kohl (a powder used to darken the eyelids or eyebrows) or unguents. Here is one of the best examples of its kind. It features white trails that were tooled into a festooned pattern covering the entire surface, then marvered until the trails were flush with the surface. Such vessels are sometimes called "spear" flasks because of their slender, flared profile and small base. Their shape suggests that they were stored horizontally or at a slight angle, or that a support was used to keep them upright. The traditional association of these objects with cosmetics was recently verified by the discovery of a small flask at al-Tur, on the Sinai Peninsula, that still retained some kohl. It was found next to a copper rod that was used to apply the compound to the eyelids.
Steuben Glass, Inc., Former Collection
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Bottle. Transparent deep blue, with opaque white trail. Blown (body blown in dip mold); applied, dragged, marvered. Bottle: horizontal cross section of body is circular at top, but becomes square about 2 cm below shoulder. Rim plain, with rounded lip; neck narrow and cylindrical, but slightly narrower at bottom than at top; shoulder rounded; wall straight and tapering; base square; pontil mark (D. 0.8 cm). Decoration consists of single trail dropped onto edge of base and wound spirally 12 times around entire vessel except for rim; trail was then dragged vertically to produce nine contiguous festoons.
Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture
Brigham Young University Museum of Art 2012-02-24 through 2012-09-29
Indianapolis Museum of Art 2012-11-02 through 2013-01-13
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 2013-02 through 2013-06
Brooklyn Museum 2013-08 through 2013-11
As the premier art museum in the Mountain West and most attended university art museum in North America, the Brigham Young University Museum of Art (MOA) in Provo, Utah, is the organizing institution for the upcoming exhibition Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture. Renowned Islamic art scholar Dr. Sabiha Al Khemir is serving as Project Director of the exhibition that will feature more than 250 works of art from more than 40 lenders in ten countries and will travel throughout the United States. The exhibition will be on display in the galleries on the main level of the museum.
Glass of the Sultans
Benaki Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Islam and the Medieval West
University Art Museum, Binghamton 1975 through 1975
Islamic art across the world
Indiana University Art Museum 1970-06-17 through 1970-10-01
From the world of Islam
Fox-Richmond Gallery 1970 through 1970
Islamic Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass Volume Two (2014) illustrated, p. 208, #970; BIB# 113723
Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture (2012) illustrated, p. 243, lower panel, left; BIB# 127550
Ein islamisches Schminkeflaschen im keltischen Grab (2009) illustrated, p. 599;
Histoire du Verre: les chefs-d'oeuvre de l'Islam (2007) illustrated, p. 83; BIB# 98424
The Curator's Match: A Symposium at the GlassWeekend 2003 in Wheaton Village/USA, part II (2004) illustrated, p. 35;
Islamic Masterworks: 'Glass of the Sultans' at the Met (2001-11) illustrated, fig. 23;
Glass of the Sultans (2001) illustrated, p. 139, #55; BIB# 68105
Islam and the Medieval West (1975) illustrated, no. G13; BIB# 18974
Islamic Art Across the World: an exhibition (1970) p. 45, #232; BIB# 18881