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Glass Palm Cup with Relief Inscription

late 7th century
Made in probably northern France
Overall: 3 7/16 x 3 3/4 in. (8.8 x 9.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
The technique of blowing glass within a mold enabled glassmakers to create vessels decorated with designs or inscriptions in low relief. The inscription on this piece is incomplete, but comparisons with similar vessels suggest that it may have been meant as a cross followed by a request to pray for the maker or owner of the glass.
Inscription: Inscription: (on side) F O (backwards R) E ; mark (on bottom) cross with offset cross (See attached scans of handwritten Catalogue Cards for further information).
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Brown, Katharine R., Dafydd Kidd, and Charles T. Little, ed. From Attila to Charlemagne: Arts of the Early Medieval Period in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. p. 276, 280, fig. 22.18.

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