Fragmentary Cup with Molded Designs in the Beveled Style
Fragment of a cup
Iraq or Syria
Glass, colorless; blown, impressed with tongs
H. 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Diam. 2 1/2 in. (6.3 cm)
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
Characteristic of the Abbasid period was the movement of ornamental motifs across media as artists explored and played with the relationship between figuration and abstraction. The Beveled style was perhaps the most pervasive as it developed in a number of media. In stucco, the style indicated a technique of cutting which produced cushion-like designs. This glass cup translates that aesthetic both in terms of medium and technique. Rather than cutting into the surface, the artist has instead created the repeating motif by pressing a pair of tongs several times around the circumference of the cup. .
Unknownprovenance; acquired by the Metropolitan Museum by 1943
Clairmont, Christoph. "Some Islamic glass in the Metropolitan Museum." In Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, edited by Richard Ettinghausen. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972. p. 142, ill. fig. 2 (b/w).