Name of Object:

Decanter (one of a set of three)


Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States of America

Holding Institution:

Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art

 About Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, Hawai'i

Date of Object:

Hegira 13th century / AD 19th century

Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Coloured glass, beads, decoupage


Overall: 16.5 x 7.9 x 6.7 cm


Europe, made for export to Iran


During the nineteenth century, European centres of glass production, particularly those in France and Bohemia, created Islamic-style works of art to be exported to countries like Egypt, Syria, Iran, and India. The DDFIA collection includes several examples of such European glass. This bottle – one in a set of three – was certainly produced for an Iranian recipient, for it features portraits of the Qajar shah Nasr al-Din (r. 1848–96). Purchased in 1959.

Citation of this web page:

"Decanter (one of a set of three)" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;us;1;en

MWNF Working Number: US2 013