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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 28

    AN ABBASID MARVERED MOTTLED AMBER GLASS VASE

    PROBABLY SYRIA, CIRCA 9TH CENTURY

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    AN ABBASID MARVERED MOTTLED AMBER GLASS VASE
    PROBABLY SYRIA, CIRCA 9TH CENTURY
    Of truncated drop form with flat base, an applied white band around the mouth, the sides covered with extremely elegant white marvering forming a swirling swagged design, repaired breaks, slight surface iridescence
    3¼in. (8.2cm.) high


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    In his catalogue of the al-Sabah collection of Islamic glass Stefano Carboni convincingly proposed a continuum of production of marvered glass in contrast to the previously held view that there was a break between its creation in the classical period and its extensive use under the Mamluks (Stefano Carboni, Glass from Islamic Lands, London, 2001, pp.291-293). The present vessel, with its looser flowing swags linked to a white band around the rim is reminiscent of a light blue cylindrical cup in the same collection and can thus be similarly dated to the 8th-9th century (Carboni, op. cit., cat.77, p.300 and cover). The colour of the body of the glass is also unusual, a mottled honey-brown colour that is very rare to find in marvered vessels.

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