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Beaker with Relief Decoration

Object Name:
10th century
Attributed to Iran. Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Glass, colorless; blown, cut
H. 5 15/16 in. (15.1 cm) Diam. (base) 2 13/16 in. (7.1 cm) Diam. (top) 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
Not on view
The beaker was the most common glass object found in the Nishapur excavations. This example, decorated in an intermediate style between high-relief and linear-cut glass, includes large palmettes surrounded by leaves and other vegetal motifs.
Marking: Pontil on base; see catalogue card for illustration.
1939, excavated at Tepe Madrasa in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1940, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Glass: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 44, no. 2 (Fall 1986). p. 28, ill. fig. 28 (color).

Kröger, Jens. Nishapur: Glass of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 223, pp. 167-169, ill. pp. 168-9 (b/w).

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