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Cup

Date:
9th–10th century
Geography:
Egypt, Iraq or Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Glass; free blown and impressed
Dimensions:
H. 3 3/8 in. (8.3 cm) W. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph V. McMullan Gift, 1974
Accession Number:
1974.15
Not on view
The decoration on this cup consists of an impressed vertical inscription repeated eight times: baraka li-sahibihi ("Blessing upon its owner"). Large cups of squarish proportions were often decorated with standard inscriptions wishing blessings, success, and well-being.
Inscription: In Arabic, in Kufic script;
on exterior: "Blessing to its owner"; transliteration: "Baraka li-sahibihi"
[ John J. Klejman, New York, until 1974; sold to MMA]
Carboni, Stefano, David Whitehouse, Robert H. Brill, and William Gudenrath. Glass of the Sultans. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001. no. 46, p. 129, ill. p. 129 (color).



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