Islamic Glass

    Glass production continued unabashed in the wake of the fall of the western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD, particularly in the east.  Along with the rise of Islam came innovative styles, which flourished roughly from the 7th to the 14th centuries.  Although indebted to glass-making techniques of late antiquity, Islamic glass artists introduced new shapes and new methods of decoration, including gilding and enameling of glass, methods that were later passed on to the Venetians.  Islamic artists were also renowned for their superb relief-cut vessels.

    A highlight of the Arthur and Beatrice Minden collection are several exquisite pieces of Islamic glass of late antiquity and the early middle ages. The earlier Islamic pieces were inspired by a Roman tradition of decorating clear, thin-walled vessels with fine spiraled and pinched threads. Late Islamic pieces, brilliantly coloured mold-blown vessels, remained in production into the early Middle Ages.  Islamic vessels with globular bodies or round with flat bottoms attached to long, thin necks were popular as rose-water sprinklers.  Such shapes were also popular in pottery manufacturing.  Islamic cut glass is represented by a refined blue-green tubular bottle decorated with cut ovals inlaid in opaque white glass.

    Bell Shaped Bottle

    Bulbous Islamic Bottle

    Cupping Glass

    "Eye" Jar

    Islamic Bottle

    Blue Bottle

    Islamic Decanter

    Islamic Square Bodied Bottle

    Squat Islamic Bottle

    Thick Necked Islamic Bottle

    Tubular Bottle

    Wide Islamic Bottle