Islamic glass bottle, 900-1000 A.D.

This greenish-toned blown glass bottle features reflections produced by a beautiful iridescent sheen. It has a globular body with a small spout and a long neck that ends in a high funnel-shaped mouth with a rounded rim. This container was used to store perfumes and scented oils and its shape would prevent evaporation so that the oils could be stored for a longer period of time. The Caliphate began in 929, when Abderraman III proclaimed himself Caliph, thus acquiring religious independence and becoming symbolically linked to the descendants of Muhammad. This step meant the definitive break with the Caliphs of Baghdad. It is a period of splendour that is reflected in the relations of the Caliphate with the Byzantine Empire and the newly born German Empire.  


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