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Spouted Vessel, 1100s

  • Islamic, Syrian

Glass

  • Overall: 5 1/4 × 3 7/16 × 4 inches (13.3 × 8.7 × 10.2 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, Antiquaries Fund and the Cleo and Lester Gruber Fund

1987.78

On View

  • Islamic N120

Department

Islamic Art

The elaborate gilded and enameled glass commissioned for the sultan tended to overshadow more humble products. Undecorated vessels of colorless, transparent glass are, nonetheless, objects of refinement. This pitcher’s graceful spout, sloping angular body, and its rainbowlike iridescence (produced by acids in the soil acting on the glass surface when later buried) combine to create an object of quiet elegance.

(Mansour Gallery, London, England)

1988-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

"Notes on recent acquisitions," Bulletin of the DIA 64, no. 1, 1988, p. 57 (ill.) Bulletin of the DIA 64, no. 2/3, 1988, p. 21, fig. 15, (ill). Henshaw, Julia P., ed. A Visitors Guide: The Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1995, p. 125 (ill.)

Islamic, Syrian, Spouted Vessel, 1100s, glass. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Antiquaries Fund and the Cleo and Lester Gruber Fund, 1987.78.