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    Sale 13850

    Ancient Glass from the Shlomo Moussaieff Collection

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 303

    AN ISLAMIC GREEN GLASS DOUBLE BALSAMARIUM IN THE FORM OF A CAMEL

    CIRCA 7TH-9TH CENTURY A.D.

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    AN ISLAMIC GREEN GLASS DOUBLE BALSAMARIUM IN THE FORM OF A CAMEL
    CIRCA 7TH-9TH CENTURY A.D.
    The double cylindrical compartmented body decorated with an applied spiral trail, emerging from the back of a camel, with pointed muzzle, alert ears and drooping tail
    3 ¾ in. (9.4 cm.) high


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    Tubular containers for cosmetics mounted on zoomorphic figures were made in the East in the late Roman-early Islamic/early Byzantine period. The idea of mounting small containers onto quadrupeds may have derived from the production of glass toys and figurines. Cf. a double balsamarium supported by two horses formerly in the Ray Winfield Smith collection and now in the Corning Museum of Glass, acc. no. 55.1.109, Goldstein, 2005, no. 19, and Carboni, 2001, p. 25, no. 4b.

    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 2000.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note, the provenance of this lot should read 'Acquired prior to 1995'.