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Goblet with Applied Decoration

Object Name:
11th–early 12th century
Attributed to Iran
Glass, colorless; blown, applied decoration
H. 4 7/16 in. (11.3 cm)
Diam. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Wt. 1.6 oz. (45.4 g)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2000
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
This goblet and its match 2000.279.2 are each formed by a conical cup attached to a small, solid, and splayed stemmed foot by a circular flange applied around the base of the cup. They are made of yellowish colorless glass that contains many small bubbles. Both cups are decorated with an unbroken applied trail in the same yellowish color, which forms a horizontal line about two-thirds of the height and continues below to create a fanciful, abstract pattern of curly designs around the cup. The decoration can be read more clearly when the cup is filled with wine. The flange around the base of the cup, also in the same color, is formed by a single trail wound in a spiral to create a protruding disk.
This unique matching pair of goblets probably belonged to a single set, since they share the same construction, profile, and decoration. The elegant and well-proportioned profile, probably derived from conical beakers in cut glass with a protruding disk forming the base, is particularly appealing.
[ Mansour Gallery, London, until 2000; sold to MMA]
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