Islamic Glass Double Unguentarium
A Medieval Islamic glass double unguentarium with the base in the form of an animal.
Ca. 9th - 10th century AD.
At the time of the Arab conquest in the 7th century AD, glassmaking had flourished in Egypt and Mesopotamia for more than two millennia. Islamic glassmakers inherited many of the techniques used by their predecessors in the Byzantine and Sasanian empires, including glassblowing, the use of molds, the manipulation of molten glass with tools, and the decorative application of molten glass. However, Islamic glass production was also greatly innovative, experimenting with an array of colors, shapes, techniques, surface decoration, and even figural compositions.
Formerly in a New York private collection.