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8th–9th century
Glass, colorless with greenish tinge; mold blown, cut
H. 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm) Diam. 5 7/16 in. (13.9 cm) Th. at rim of lobe 1/8 in. (.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1970
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
Wheel-cutting was one of the most important contributions of early Islamic artisans to glass-making. They would first blow an object with thick walls that could withstand the pressure of the wheel, then cut away the glass, creating a relief decoration, such as the flutes inside the lobes on this vessel. Such lobing was characteristic of Bactrian and Sasanian silver vessels, an indication that artists translated models derived from metalwork in other media.
[ Saeed Motamed, Frankfurt, until 1970; sold to MMA]
Swietochowski, Marie, and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. Notable Acquisitions 1965–1975 (1975). p. 146, ill. (b/w).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Glass: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 44, no. 2 (Fall 1986). p. 24, ill. fig. 22 (b/w).

Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. p. 17, ill. fig. 5 (color).

Ali, Wijdan. The Arab Contribution to Islamic Art : From the Seventh to the Fifteenth Centuries. Jordan: The Royal Society of Fine Arts, Jordan, 1999. p. 72, ill. fig. 40 (b/w).

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