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On display at V&A South Kensington
Glass, Room 131

Jug

10th century-11th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

A glass blower made this jug of uncoloured transparent glass. It has no decoration.The maker trailed on the handle and tooled a small thumb-rest in the form of a disc. Examples of this type of jug were made in glass, metal and ceramic in the Middle East in the 10th and 11th centuries. It is difficult to identify more precisely where undecorated glassware was made. At one time experts thought that this jug might have been made in Egypt or Iran. The discovery of similar wares in an 11th-century shipwreck found near the Turkish coast has provided new evidence. It suggests that the jug was made in the East Mediterranean. We now think that this jug was possibly made in Egypt in the Fatimid period ( 969-1171).


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Transparent glass, blown, trailed and tooled
Brief Description
Jug, blown glass with trailed handle and tooled thumbrest, Egypt, 900-1100
Physical Description
The bulbous body and flaring neck were blown from uncoloured transparent glass; the handle was trailed on; and a small thumb-rest was tooled in the form of a disc.
Dimensions
  • Height: 13cm
  • Maximum width: 8.7cm
Style
Gallery Label
This shape, a simple water jug, is also found in metalwork and ceramics.
Summary
A glass blower made this jug of uncoloured transparent glass. It has no decoration.The maker trailed on the handle and tooled a small thumb-rest in the form of a disc. Examples of this type of jug were made in glass, metal and ceramic in the Middle East in the 10th and 11th centuries. It is difficult to identify more precisely where undecorated glassware was made. At one time experts thought that this jug might have been made in Egypt or Iran. The discovery of similar wares in an 11th-century shipwreck found near the Turkish coast has provided new evidence. It suggests that the jug was made in the East Mediterranean. We now think that this jug was possibly made in Egypt in the Fatimid period ( 969-1171).
Bibliographic Reference
cf. shape C.164-1932
Other Number
8231 - Glass gallery number
Collection
Accession Number
338-1900

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record createdDecember 13, 1997
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