Object Name: Flask
Date: late 7th–8th century
Geography: Attributed to probably Syria
Medium: Glass, yellowish and pinkish; blown, applied decoration
Dimensions: Ht. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 1999
Accession Number: 1999.145
During Roman and early Islamic times, animal‑shaped vessels were made using an intricate decorated double or quadruple glass tube. Decorated with trailed glass threads, the tubes are carried on the backs of domestic animals and the trailed threads appear to imitate protective cages. Such vessels were probably used as containers for kohl or perfume.