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Goblet with Incised Designs

Object Name:
Goblet
Date:
8th–9th century
Geography:
probably Iraq or Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Glass, bluish green; blown, applied solid stem and blown foot; scratch-engraved
Dimensions:
H. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm) Diam. of rim: 3 9/16 in. (9 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1965
Accession Number:
65.173.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
This goblet belongs to a distinctive group of glass vessels with scratch-engraved decoration that share stylistic and decorative similarities. Some objects bear inscriptions, such as the kufic calligraphy on this goblet that reads, "Drink! Blessings from God to the owner of the goblet". Formulas including good wishes were commonly found on eating and drinking vessels in both pottery and glass.
Inscription: Inscription in Arabic in kufic script:
اشرب بركة من الله لصاحب الکأس
Drink! Blessings from God to the owner of the goblet.
[ Mohammad Yeganeh, Frankfurt, until 1965; sold to MMA]
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. 146, ill. fig. 8 (b/w).

Carboni, Stefano, David Whitehouse, Robert H. Brill, and William Gudenrath. Glass of the Sultans. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001. no. 71, pp. 164-65, ill. p. 165 (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 16, p. 39, ill. p. 39 (color).



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