Cut-Glass Cup

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451

Disks with raised dots at the center encircle the body of this small spherical cup. Echoing the omphalos (navel‑shaped) motif found on objects from ninth‑century Samarra, designs such as the one seen here are inspired by Sasanian cut glass. The maker achieved a harmonious surface treatment by cutting away the surrounding glass, leaving the circles in relief. Petals radiating from the circular base decorate the lower part of the cup.

Cut-Glass Cup, Glass, colorless with a green tinge; blown, cut

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