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Verre byzantin et islamiqueByzantine and Islamic Glass

Maria Mossakowska-Gaubert

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GIBSON, Melanie
A Syrian Enamelled Wine Flask: was its Owner a Christian or Muslim ?
Annales du 15e Congrès de l'Association Internationale pour l'Histoire du Verre (New York – Corning 2001)
AIHV, Nottingham, 2003, p. 190-192
Nasser D. Khalili Collection (LondresLondon)

[1171, 1250]
• The bottle:

– shape: compressed globular body, long, thin neck, flaring foot;

– technique of decoration: enamelled in opaque red, blue, green, white, and yellow on gold;

– motifs:
- rim: fleur-de-lis band;
- base of the neck: band with depictions of seven male figures in variously coloured robes. They have short, dark hair and golden halos around their heads. Their arms are curved, as if their hands are joined in prayer. They could probably be identified as Christian monks.
- body: party scene, perhaps set in a tavern, with six musicians (female and male) and guests wearing elaborate robes and turbans. Several of the guests raise conical beakers filled with red wine, while others pour red wine from flasks identical in shape to the one under discussion here.

The decoration of this bottle is composed of some standard Islamic motifs and others related to Christian iconography.
Syrie Syria production

Version 5, données dudata date 30 janvier 2013January 30th 2013