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New York, United States of America
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hegira mid 1st–late 2nd century / AD late 7th–8th century
Glass, amber-coloured; blown, applied decoration
Umayyad or Abbasid
During Roman and early Islamic times, animal‑shaped vessels were made using intricately decorated double or quadruple glass tubes. Draped with trailed glass threads that imitate protective cages, the tubes are carried on the backs of domestic animals. The uppermost portion of the cage in this example supports four projecting animal heads. Vessels like this one were probably used as containers for kohl or perfume.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Charles S. Payson, 1969
"Animal flask" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus23;37;en
MWNF Working Number: US3 37