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Vase with four handles

Type
Vase
Historical period(s)
Mamluk period, ca. 1325-50
Medium
Glass, enameled and gilded
Dimension(s)
H x W (overall): 36.4 x 23.3 cm (14 5/16 x 9 3/16 in)
Geography
Syria, Damascus
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1934.19
Label
This rare four-handled vase bears the characteristic five-petal rosettes associated with the Rasulid dynasty of Yemen (reigned 1229–1454). Controlling the trade routes to Africa and East Asia, the Rasulids were a formidable sea power and commissioned numerous glass and metal vessels from the Mamluks, based in Egypt and Syria. The vase was reportedly found in China, where it may have arrived as a gift or through a Chinese emissary returning from the Rasulid court.
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Glass, Vessel
Keyword(s)
blown, enamel, gilding, Mamluk period (1250 - 1517), Syria
Collection(s) Area
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resource(s)
Google Art Project, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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