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Molar glass flacon
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (Sharjah)
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation
Hegira 3rd – 4th century / AD 9th – 10th century
SM 1996 – 79
Abbasid / Fatimid?
Possibly Egypt or Near East
This tiny cut-glass container owes its name to its shape, which resembles a molar tooth with its four wedge-shaped, pointed feet. Originally provided with a stopper, these bottles were used most probably to store and convey expensive perfumes, oils and cosmetic essences. Rich consumers had the shape copied in ivory, metal or even rock crystal.
"Molar glass flacon" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;ua;Mus21;35;en
MWNF Working Number: UA 35