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Vase (Iran)

This is a vase. It is dated 17th–18th century and we acquired it in 1919. Its medium is enameled glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This blown glass vase was made in the 17th or 18th century in Iran. It has a delicate applied glass rope ornament at the base of the neck, and is intricately decorated with gold enamel in a diamond and star pattern. This classically-inspired decanter shape was common in Islamic glass at the time. However, this object was likely a luxury item, given the elaborate enameling.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Ancient Enamelling.

This object was donated by Rodman Wanamaker. It is credited Gift of Rodman Wanamaker.

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 21.4 x 11 cm (8 7/16 x 4 5/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Vase (Iran); enameled glass; H x diam.: 21.4 x 11 cm (8 7/16 x 4 5/16 in.); Gift of Rodman Wanamaker; 1919-24-89

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