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Inv. no. 2370
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This bottle is a very important secular Mamluk glass vessel in the Gulbenkian Collection mainly for its unique decorative repertoire on the upper body and the brilliant colour enamels.

History of the Object
The Chinese influence is apparent in this bottle reported to have come from China as its decoration reflects. The frieze of Chinese inspiration around the body is enlivened by a pair of lions set against a floral ground. The playful lions resemble lions chasing a ball represented on textiles and other media. These animals have been described as qilins, a Chinese mythical deer, but they lack the obvious signs like hooves and horns. The bouncing ball, which accompanies the lions, suggests that they are playful animals rather than sacred or mythical ones

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Gilded and enamelled glass 
Measurements
Diam. Max. 27cmDiam. Rim.: 6cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Syria; (? ) 
Geography
Syria 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 14th century 
Creation date
14th Century; first half 
Function
Diplomatic gift, ceremonial purposes 
Acquisition
This bottle is reported to have come from China. It was previously in the Countess of Béhague Collection (née Béarn) Paris. Bought through Hans Stiebel (Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York) at the Béhague Sale, New York, in January 1949. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 
Museum
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum 
Credit line
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation/Calouste Gulbenkian Museum 

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