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Animal flask
7th?8th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Syrian
Creator Dates/Places: Syria
Creator Name-CRT: Syria
Title: Animal flask
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 600
Creation End Date: 799
Creation Date: 7th?8th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Yellowish, pinkish, and grayish colorless glass, free-blown and applied; tooled on the pontil
Dimensions: H. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm), Max. L. 3 1/2 in. (8.8 cm), Max. W. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Description: This vessel in the shape of a camel was probably a container for kohl, perfume, or essence. The shape and dimensions of such a trinketlike figurine suggest that its contents were poured while it was comfortably held in the hand. Stylized glass quadrupeds carrying burdens may also have been appealing as symbols of the trade and exchange of goods along caravan routes.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1999.145
Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 1999
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1999.145
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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