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Fragmentary Cup with Molded Designs in the Beveled Style

Object Name:
Fragment of a cup
Date:
9th century
Geography:
Iraq or Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Glass, colorless; blown, impressed with tongs
Dimensions:
H. 2 in. (5.1 cm) Diam. 2 1/2 in. (6.3 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Museum Accession
Accession Number:
x.275.3
  • Description

    Characteristic of the Abbasid period was the movement of ornamental motifs across media as artists explored and played with the relationship between figuration and abstraction. The Beveled style was perhaps the most pervasive as it developed in a number of media. In stucco, the style indicated a technique of cutting which produced cushion-like designs. This glass cup translates that aesthetic both in terms of medium and technique. Rather than cutting into the surface, the artist has instead created the repeating motif by pressing a pair of tongs several times around the circumference of the cup.
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