Beaker with Relief Decoration, Glass, colorless; blown, cut

Beaker with Relief Decoration

Object Name:
Beaker
Date:
10th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran. Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Medium:
Glass, colorless; blown, cut
Dimensions:
H. 5 15/16 in. (15.1 cm)
Diam. (base) 2 13/16 in. (7.1 cm)
Diam. (top) 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
40.170.55
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
The beaker was the most common glass object found in the Nishapur excavations. This example, decorated in an intermediate style between high-relief and linear-cut glass, includes large palmettes surrounded by leaves and other vegetal motifs.
Marking: Pontil on base; see catalogue card for illustration.
1939, excavated at Tepe Madrasa in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1940, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Glass: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 44, no. 2 (Fall 1986). p. 28, ill. fig. 28 (color).

Kröger, Jens. Nishapur: Glass of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 223, pp. 167-169, ill. pp. 168-9 (b/w).