Footed cup

New Kingdom, Amarna Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121

This footed cup was closely copied from a stone prototype of the same period. Cups with three ribs are not known in alabaster before the reign of Amenhotep III (I390-I352 B.C.), and this glass version may therefore date from that period or slightly later. It may have been formed over a mold, the ribs were created with a tool while the glass was still soft, and the pedestal foot was applied separately. The undecorated vessel relies on the sophistication of its form and the clear, bright turquoise color for its pleasing effect. Tomb scenes suggest that such vessels were used for dispensing perfumed ointments to guests at banquets.

Footed cup, Glass

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