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Facon de Venise Glass Pilgrim Flask

Posted in 3. European Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Venetian & Facon de Venise Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on March 4, 2014

Pilgrim Flask Facon de Venise

A pilgrim flask was originally a flattened gourd-shaped bottle made mostly of pottery intended for use by pilgrims to carry water. Those made since the 15th C of glass may have been more for ornamental purposes. Most of the flasks with this shape are enameled and some decorated with gold-leaf.

H: 18.4 cm  

D: 16th Century or Later

Ref: European Glass, Getty #20, Robert Lehman Collection, Met #4, Golden Age of Venetian Glass #37

25E Venetian Glass Pilgrim Flask

25E Venetian Glass Pilgrim Flask

The three pilgrim flasks below are examples of enameled and gold-leaf decoration often found on this type of glass.

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