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Name of Object:

Pilgrim flask

Location:

Los Angeles, United States of America

Holding Museum:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

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Date of Object:

Hegira mid-6th century / AD mid-12th century

Museum Inventory Number:

M.2002.1.140

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Fritware, carved and glazed, with applied neck and handle

Dimensions:

Height 16.51 cm

Period / Dynasty

Zangid

Provenance:

Syria

Description:

The basic form of the canteen, which is still in use today, may be traced to Roman times; it has changed little over the centuries. While medieval Islamic canteens are sometimes referred to as pilgrim flasks, most seem to have played a more quotidian role as water vessels. There are large numbers of such unglazed canteens, mainly ranging in date from the 6th–8th/12th–14th centuries and attributable to Iran, Syria, and Anatolia. A few canteens are glazed as well, such as this example; all have applied handles, which would allow for suspension.

Citation of this web page:

 "Pilgrim flask" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus21;4;en

MWNF Working Number: US1 04

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Zangids


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