Altar cruet

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Alter cruet made of purple-colored, mold-blown glass now partly covered by iridescence. Decoration on hexagonal body consists of cross potent on steps and on globe, leaved cross, and lozenge-shaped figure in rectangle, possibly standing for bookbinding and therefore symbolizing the Gospe l. One of a pair: 35.15-16.

Historical period(s)
6th or 7th century
Medium
Glass
Dimensions
H x W: 15.7 x 10.1 cm (6 3/16 x 4 in)
Geography
Syria
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1935.16
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Glass, Vessel
Type

Altar cruet

Keywords
blown, mold blown, Syria, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1935
Fahim Kouchakji, New York. [1]

From 1935
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Fahim Kouchakji, New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Fahim Kouchakji

Description

Alter cruet made of purple-colored, mold-blown glass now partly covered by iridescence. Decoration on hexagonal body consists of cross potent on steps and on globe, leaved cross, and lozenge-shaped figure in rectangle, possibly standing for bookbinding and therefore symbolizing the Gospe l. One of a pair: 35.15-16.

Published References
  • Richard Ettinghausen. Ancient Glass in the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, 1962. p. 23, fig. 66.
  • Untitled Article. Washington, Monday, May 27, 1935. p. 2.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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