Flask in the shape of a four-legged animal

Byzantine or Islamic
Early Byzantine or Umayyad Period
6th–8th century A.D.

Place of Manufacture: Eastern Mediterranean

Catalogue Raisonné

Ancient Glass (MFA), no. 64; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 157.


Height: 12.8 cm. (5 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass, free-blown and tooled with applied decoration

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Base in the shape of a four-legged animal (camel, donkey?); pear-shaped body; constriction at the base of the neck, with bulge above. Cage-like arrangment of trails applied at the junction of the vessel with the base. Greenish. Mostly intact, except for some damage to trailed decoration; areas of iridescence.


By date unknown: Nellie Parney Carter Collection; gift of Nellie Carter (in the name of M. Elizabeth Carter) to the MFA, June 6, 1929

Credit Line

M. Elizabeth Carter Collection—Gift of Nellie Parney Carter