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Animal’s Head H: 17.4 cm; Shoulder Diam: 11.7 cm
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Pitcher. Transparent very pale green glass, with opaque turquoise blue trail, transparent blue animal, and one greenish blue ring; blown, applied. Pitcher, with truncated conical body. Rim plain, with rounded lip; neck cylindrical; shoulder slopes, with overhanging rounded edge; wall straight and tapering; base has tubular foot ring made by folding, and kick; pontil mark roughly circular (D. about 1.4 cm); center of floor has small ring-like projection. Handle extends from near edge of shoulder to just below rim and consists of three trails, which together make openwork pattern (from bottom to top): (1) vertical, dropped onto shoulder, drawn up, over, down, attached to shoulder, then drawn up, over, and down again, and reattached to shoulder, so that it resembles lower-case letter "m," but with gap between sides of central upright; (2) as (1); (3) similar to (1) and (2), but stretched, vertical at bottom, and horizontal at top; projecting from horizontal part of (3), thumb-rest in form of blue animal overlooking rim; it has prominent head and tail, but no other discernable features. Rim and top of neck have thin turquoise trail, applied before handle, and wound 2 1/3 times around circumference. Opposite handle, on upper and mid-section of neck, two small vertical loops, each supporting one ring: very pale green in upper loop and greenish blue in lower loop.
Smith, Ray Winfield, Source
Glass of the Sultans
Benaki Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Glass from the Ancient World
Corning Museum of Glass 1957-06-04 through 1957-09-15
Islamic Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass Volume Two (2014) illustrated, p. 182-183, #924; BIB# 113723
Glass of the Sultans (2001) illustrated, pp. 121-122, #38; BIB# 68105
A Tribute to Persia, Persian Glass (1972) p. 18, no. 33; BIB# 65782
Glass from the Ancient World: The Ray Winfield Smith Collection (1957) illustrated, pp. 244, 226, #487; BIB# 27315