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Los Angeles, United States of America
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Hegira mid-6th century / AD mid-12th century
Fritware, carved and glazed, with applied neck and handle
Height 16.51 cm
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.
"Pilgrim flask" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus21;4;en
MWNF Working Number: US1 04