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  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    10th century-11th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Transparent glass, blown, trailed and tooled

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Glass, Room 131, case 4, shelf 2

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).

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.

Place of Origin

Egypt (possibly, made)


10th century-11th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Transparent glass, blown, trailed and tooled


Height: 13 cm, Width: 8.7 cm maximum

Descriptive line

Jug, blown glass with trailed handle and tooled thumbrest, Egypt, 900-1100

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

cf. shape C.164-1932

Labels and date

This shape, a simple water jug, is also found in metalwork and ceramics. []




Blown; Trailed


Islam; Africa


Ceramics Collection

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