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Footed Cup

Object Name:
Cup
Date:
second half 14th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Brass; cast, engraved, and inlaid with black compound
Dimensions:
H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm) Diam. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.559
  • Description

    Tall footed cups appear to have been popular during the Mongol period and are often illustrated in scrolls and miniature paintings. The Chinese gold cup, which was excavated in Inner Mongolia, and the Iranian brass cup are comparable in proportions and decoration, with the lotus flower enclosed in medallions being a common motif. The nine-sided vessel has been associated with a type of lidded bowl called a ghulladan that was used as a money vessel for pious purposes in Islamic Ilkhanid Iran.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscriptions in Arabic, below the rim express the usual good wishes

    Decorative letters do not consitute a complete inscription

  • Provenance

    Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)

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