Animal "Dromedary" Flask
Date 500-799 A.D.
Dimensions 4 3/8 × 6 × 2 1/4 in. (11.1 × 15.2 × 5.7 cm)
Medium Blown glass
Credit Line Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
Description Animal flask/dromedary flask of blown glass. Green tinted ovoid vase in a basket/cage of open zig-zag glass threads of green and amethyst. Rests on the back of a four-legged animal with an amethyst horn.
Published ReferencesSotheby _Auction Catalogue_, 12/10/81, Item #244, pg. 128 & 141.
Von Saldern, _Ancient Glass in the Museum of FIne Arts, Boston_ #64.
Toledo Museum of Art, _Art in Glass_, pg. 36, horse balsamarium.
Catalog, _7000 Years of Iranian Art_, #673.
Oliver, _Ancient Glass in the Carnegie Museum_.
Object Label COSMETIC TUBE IN SHAPE OF PACK ANIMAL Persia, Sassanian Dynasty Ca. 600 A.D. Blown glass with hot application. Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. 81.194 (GAnI 81.1) This single tube cosmetic container, with its whimsical pack animal, is the Sassanian version of the late Roman Imperial balsamarium, which was traditionally decorated with hot applications, such as trailed threads. Just as in Roman glass, examples are known with two and even four tubes. These hot-decorated containers remained popular after the islamic conquest.
Object Number 81.194