This vessel was probably used as an inkwell. It
has a flattened collar rim, an internal neck, a
cylindrical body cut into facets and a flat base.
Over the years, surface has entirely been
weathered, resulting in a magnificent silver
iridescence and abrasion. The simplicity of the
cut patterns and the commercial use of these
vessels, probably prompted imitations in other
areas of the Islamic world.
The art of calligraphy is one of the most
celebrated Islamic art forms. Glass inkwells were
apparently valued because they were easy to
clean and even metal inkwells sometimes had
glass vessels placed inside them to hold the ink.
The majority of surviving glass inkwells are
Many objects belonging to this group are found
today in public and private collections.