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The jug with an unusual spout, which projects steeply from the top of the jug. From the rim protrude twin extension loops, and a large handle with a thumb rest. The lower part of the handle rests on the vessel’s flattened shoulders. These swell outwards below a narrow cylindrical neck, ringed with an undulating applied collar, also of glass. The body of the jug below the shoulders is hemispherical and rests on a flat base.
30.5 cm. height
Previously in a private collection, Switzerland.
Originally acquired 17th October 1993 from Yazdani Ancient & Islamic Art Ltd (accompanied by Swiss import documents)
The vessel bears elegant witness to the beauty of early Islamic glassware. Dating from the era of Seljuk rule, it was likely commissioned by a member of the new ruling elite. Techniques of glass-working continued much as they had under Sasanian and Abbasid rule, yet the ‘ewer’ type of vessel we find here, intended to pour wine or water, is a distinctively early Islamic type of ware.
A similar glass jug, dating from the same period, in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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