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Measuring Cup

Object Name:
Measuring cup
Date:
8th–9th century
Geography:
Egypt or Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Glass; blown, impressed; worked on the pontil
Dimensions:
H. (with handle) 3 in. (7.6 cm) Diam. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm) Capacity 1 2/3 fl. oz. (50 cc)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910
Accession Number:
10.130.2648
Not on view
This little cup is marked with a seal that indicates it has a capacity of a full qist, a measure of volume that seems to have varied. This cup holds approximately 50cc, and was probably used for pharmaceutical purposes.
Inscription: Arabic; transliteration: "qisT waaf".
Translation: a qist, full measure (backwards)
Chauncey Murch, Luxor, Egypt (until d. 1907); Mrs. Chauncey Murch(1907–10); Helen Miller Gould, New York (1910; gifted to MMA)
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Glass: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 44, no. 2 (Fall 1986). p. 13, ill. fig. 6 (color).



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