Bottle

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Object Name: 
Bottle
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
55.1.108
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 21.2 cm, Diam (max): 9.8 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
1100-1225
Primary Description: 
Almost colorless glass but with greenish yellow tinge, very bubbly and with some stones, translucent purple and opaque turquoise blue glass; blown, applied. Bottle: globular. Rim everted, with rounded lip; neck tall and slender, wider at bottom than at top, and with hollow bulge at top; wall curves out, down, and in; base has tubular foot ring made by folding, and conical kick; pontil mark roughly circular (D. about 1.2 cm). Applied decoration on rim, neck, and upper wall. On rim, turquoise lip wrap. On neck: (1) 4.4-5 cm below rim, two purple horizontal trails supporting turquoise continuous zigzag; (2) 6.4-8.4 cm below rim, two colorless opposed vertical loop handles, each supporting colorless ring (D. about 1.3 cm); handles have lower attachments on top of narrow turquoise trail wound twice around neck; (3) near bottom of neck, continuous purple trail tooled to form rigaree pattern. On wall: continuous horizontal zigzag composed of two purple sections alternating with two turquoise sections.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Smith, Ray Winfield (American, 1897-1982), Source
1955-09-09
Category: 
Dining with the Sultan: The Fine Art of Feasting
Venue(s)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art 2024-02-04 through 2024-05-26
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 2024-06-30 through 2024-09-15
Detroit Institute of Arts 2024-11-10 through 2025-02-02
Dining with the Sultan is a pan-Islamic exhibition spanning the eighth through nineteenth centuries and including some 200 works of art representing a rich variety of media from three continents. Our goal is to correlate the objects, many of them rare works of art, with the sourcing, preparation, serving and consumption of food. We expect this to be a transformative exhibition, one emphasizing our shared humanity rather than our singular histories. Following the model of LACMA’s 2011 exhibition Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts, it similarly will introduce our audiences to Islamic art and culture with objects of undisputed quality and appeal, only this time viewed through the universal lens of fine dining. In considering the admittedly very substantial and diffuse theme of feasting at the Islamic courts, we have cast as wide a net as possible in terms of both the time frame and the concept of “fine dining.” The resources that inform this study are two-fold: 1) Works of art that can be identified from their inscriptions or specific shapes as containers and receptacles for food or beverage, or are associated with preparing and serving food, or else those works that are similar to examples described by the written sources, as well as works of art, primarily manuscript illustrations, which depict food preparation and dining. 2) Rich textual sources, including a broad array of cookbooks and books of delicacies, texts on etiquette, instructions for princes, royal memoirs, collections of food poetry and parody, dynastic histories, endowment deeds, kitchen accounts, dietetic and medicinal works, travelers’ narratives, and diplomatic reports and communiqués. Clearly it is the first category that primarily will provide the visual focus of the exhibition, while the second will supply the documentary framework as conveyed through didactic materials and especially the exhibition catalogue. The sheer quantity of primary sources and the large number of relevant first-rate works of art together indicate the importance of gourmet gastronomy to Islamic courtly culture. On a popular level, the exhibition will stimulate not only the eyes but the appetite, reminding visitors of the commonly shared pleasure of food—both its taste and its presentation; it also will promote greater inter-cultural understanding and empathy by introducing American museum visitors to Islamic art through a practice shared and prized by all cultures—the act of coming together to partake of a meal. On a scholarly level, and drawing upon recent research in food and foodways, the exhibition will provide much needed information on the enormous class of luxury objects that may be broadly defined as tableware, while also demonstrating how gustatory discernment was a fundamental activity at the great Islamic courts.
Glass from the Ancient World
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 1957-06-04 through 1957-09-15
 
Verres Antiques de la Collection R.W. Smith
Venue(s)
Musee de Mariemont 1954 through 1954
Islamic Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass Volume Two (2014) illustrated, p. 175, #913; BIB# 113723
Glass from the Ancient World: The Ray Winfield Smith Collection (1957) illustrated, pp. 244-245, #488; BIB# 27315