This Bottle has an irregular cylindrical body, a
slightly curved shoulder, a short flared neck that
bulges at the opening and a slightly kicked base.
Its decoration consists the common vertical
ribbed motif which here is twisted clockwise
outside the mold. Although the decoration might
be faint, because the finished object was always
larger than the interior of the mold, it survived to
a greater extent. The object is in good condition
and is partially weathered, resulting in a greyish
The discovery in the first century BC, that molten
glass could be formed by inflation was soon
followed by the discovery that it could be formed
and decorated in a single operation by inflating
it in a mold. After their introduction by the
Romans in the early first century AD, molds have
been used continuously by glassworkers in
Western Asia, Egypt and many other regions
across the world.
Objects of this kind were produced to hold
precious liquids such as perfumes and oils. It is
believed that the decoration was designed to
make the content easier to hold.
For similar examples see S. Carboni, 'Glass From
Islamic Lands: The Al-Sabah Collection,'
2001), pp. 206-207.