Cup with a Poem on Wine

Poet Ibn Sukkara al-Hashimi

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The decoration of this cup, with a calligraphic band at its rim and a vegetal scroll at its base, is rather austere in appearance, but the inscription, a verse in Arabic, celebrates the pleasures of drinking. The cup compares closely with items in a hoard of silver found in northwest Iran that has been associated with Buyid patronage.

Cup with a Poem on Wine, Ibn Sukkara al-Hashimi (d. A.H. 385/ 995–6 CE), Silver; fire-gilded, hammered, chased

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