Animal flask

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)

Classification: Glass

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.