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

Bottle

9th century-10th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

A glass blower made this bottle from transparent glass with a manganese-purple tinge. The globular body has a series of circular decorations that stand slightly proud of the surface. In the middle of each circle there is a concave (inward curving) dot. A previous description of this bottle said that it was 'mould-blown'. In this technique the glass worker blows the molten glass into a mould to form the shape and pattern. However, the irregularities in the decoration suggest that the glass blower made this bottle without a mould and then decorated it by pincering. The low base has a pontil mark. The glass worker used a pontil rod to transfer the bubble of glass from the blowing iron for further shaping. A pontil mark or scar was left when the pontil rod was removed.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Transparent glass, blown and pincered
Brief Description
Bottle, purple-brownish glass with globular body and tall neck, pincered decoration of dotted roundels, Egypt, 700-1000
Physical Description
Bottle with a globular body and a tall, slender neck, blown from transparent glass with a manganese-purple tinge. The body is decorated with a series of circular motifs in slight relief with a concave dot at the centre of each. This object has previously been described as ‘mould-blown’, but the irregularities in the decoration suggest that it was free-blown and then decorated by pincering. The low base has a pontil mark.
Dimensions
  • Height: 16.6cm
  • Maximum width: 9.7cm
Summary
A glass blower made this bottle from transparent glass with a manganese-purple tinge. The globular body has a series of circular decorations that stand slightly proud of the surface. In the middle of each circle there is a concave (inward curving) dot. A previous description of this bottle said that it was 'mould-blown'. In this technique the glass worker blows the molten glass into a mould to form the shape and pattern. However, the irregularities in the decoration suggest that the glass blower made this bottle without a mould and then decorated it by pincering. The low base has a pontil mark. The glass worker used a pontil rod to transfer the bubble of glass from the blowing iron for further shaping. A pontil mark or scar was left when the pontil rod was removed.
Other Number
8230 - Glass gallery number
Collection
Accession Number
350-1900

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record createdDecember 13, 1997
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