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Islamic Glass Inkwell - AMD.277
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 800 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 2.5" (6.4cm) high
Collection: Islamic Art
Medium: Glass

Additional Information: AS

Location: Great Britain
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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 undecorated.

Many objects belonging to this group are found today in public and private collections. - (AMD.277)


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