Footed Cup, Brass; cast, engraved, and inlaid with black compound

Footed Cup

Object Name:
second half 14th century
Attributed to Iran
Brass; cast, engraved, and inlaid with black compound
H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm)
Diam. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
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.
Inscription: Inscriptions in Arabic, below the rim express the usual good wishes

Decorative letters do not consitute a complete inscription
Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)