Opaque glass molar flask

The function of molar flasks - so called for their supposed resemblance to pulled teeth - is still unclear. Scholars have suggested that such small containers may have been used for cosmetic purposes to contain kohl (eye cosmetic) or perfumes.


  • Title

    Opaque glass molar flask

  • Associated place

    Afghanistan (possible) (possible find spot)
    Europe (possible; eastern Mediterranean) (place of creation)
    Iran (possible) (possible place of creation)
  • Date

    9th - 11th century (AD 801 - 1100)
  • Material and technique

    glass, with cut decoration

  • Material index

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    5.7 x 2.1 x 1.6 cm (height x width x depth)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Presented, 1985.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.


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