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Two Beakers

Object Name:
10th century
Attributed to Iran. Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Glass, colorless with green tinge; blown, cut
H. 4 3/16 in. (10.6 cm) Diam. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1939
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
The decoration on this beaker is divided into two rectangular panels, each with a large double-line V that cuts the field into triangles. There are plantlike motifs in the central triangles and stylized birds in the flanking ones. These patterns were created with a rotary, abrasive-fed tool after the beaker had been shaped and cooled. During this process, most of the glass surface was ground away so that the design would stand out in relief against the background.
1938, excavated at Tepe Madrasa in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1939, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

Kröger, Jens. Nishapur: Glass of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 218, p. 160, ill. (b/w).

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