Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Animal flask, 7th–8th century
    Syria
    Yellowish, pinkish, and grayish colorless glass, free–blown and applied; tooled on the pontil; H. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm), Max. L. 3 1/2 in. (8.8 cm), Max. W. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
    Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 1999 (1999.145)

    This vessel in the shape of a camel was probably a container for kohl, perfume, or essence. The shape and dimensions of such a trinketlike figurine suggest that its contents were poured while it was comfortably held in the hand. Stylized glass quadrupeds carrying burdens may also have been appealing as symbols of the trade and exchange of goods along caravan routes.

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  • Animal flask, 7th–8th century
    Syria
    Yellowish, pinkish, and grayish colorless glass, free-blown and applied; tooled on the pontil; H. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm), Max. L. 3 1/2 in. (8.8 cm), Max. W. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
    Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 1999 (1999.145)

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