Ca. AD 700-900
An Islamic glass sprinkler flask with an onion-shaped lower body that tapers into a long tubular neck, adorned with beautiful relief birds. The body is decorated with high-quality vertical ribs, which twist clockwise and add depth and texture to the design. The birds cover the whole length of the neck and are symmetrical, shown with their long wings tucked in and feathers splayed downwards. The flask is elevated on a concave foot, with slightly iridescent encrustation covering most of the piece.
Glassmaking in the early Islamic world was a highly regarded art form that flourished during the 7th and 8th centuries. Islamic glassmaking was characterized by its intricate designs, exquisite craftsmanship, and diverse range of colors. The use of gold and silver leaf, as well as vibrant hues of blue, green, and purple, were common. The use of a ribbed design in this piece is perhaps an overhang from the Roman period, during which ribbed glassware was common.
Provenance: Private UK collection; From an old British collection formed in the 1990s.
RARE ISLAMIC GLASS FLASK
L: 160mm / W: 92mm ; 240g