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Pale green glass with a beautiful swirling gold and purple iridescence. C. 700 AD

Initially the advent of Islam in the seventh century AD had little impact on glass production. In the Eastern Mediterranean, Classical/Byzantine forms and techniques continued to be practiced. However, by the late eight Century it is possible to distinguish a distinctly ‘Islamic’ style of glass. One of the characteristics of Islamic glass is its decoration; however many undecorated vessels of great beauty were also created. Like Roman glass, these were used for everyday purposes - as tableware and containers for oils and perfumes. This vessel is almost certainly such an example. Islamic antiquities for sale and particularly Islamic glass are increasingly collected.

Condition: Neck repaired. Calcium deposits.

Dimensions: 5.5cm x 3.6cm

Provenance: Ex. Don Lee Collection, UK.


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