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Flask with molded decor

Accession Number
1959/1.89

Title
Flask with molded decor

Artist(s)
Iranian

Artist Nationality
Iranian

Object Creation Date
10th century - 12th century

Medium & Support
molded desig(n) on earthenware (?)

Dimensions
8 1/2 in. x 3 3/4 in. x 3 9/16 in. ( 21.6 cm x 9.53 cm x 9 cm )

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Label copy
The Chinese fascination with imported luxury goods inspired potters to adopt new shapes and decorative motifs, especially those from Iran, like this so-called pilgrim flask, a flattened bottle used to carry water or wine. Perhaps originally made of stitched leather, the pilgrim flask shape was popular throughout Asia from at least the seventh century onward and can be found in a wide variety of sizes and materials. Compare this miniature pilgrim's flask with UMMA 1987/1.287.

Primary Object Classification
Ceramic

Primary Object Type
jar

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
Islamic (culture or style)
canteens (containers)

7 Related Resources

Arts from Persia and Iran
(Part of: Ancient and Classical Civilizations)
Before 1492
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Visual Cultures of Islam - Ceramics
(Part of: Visual Cultures of Islam )
The Ceramic Road: Cultural Exchange in Asian Ceramics
(Part of: Exchange and Influence on Global Trade Routes)

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