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9th–10th century
Attributed to Egypt, Iraq or Syria
Glass; free blown and impressed
H. 3 3/8 in. (8.3 cm) W. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph V. McMullan Gift, 1974
Accession Number:
Not on view
The decoration on this cup consists of an impressed vertical inscription repeated eight times: baraka li-sahibihi ("Blessing upon its owner"). Large cups of squarish proportions were often decorated with standard inscriptions wishing blessings, success, and well-being.
Inscription: In Arabic, in Kufic script;
on exterior: "Blessing to its owner"; transliteration: "Baraka li-sahibihi"
[ John J. Klejman, New York, until 1974; sold to MMA]
Corning, NY. Corning Museum of Glass. "Glass of the Sultans," May 24, 2001–September 3, 2001, no. 46.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Glass of the Sultans," October 2, 2001–January 13, 2002, no. 46.

Athens, Greece. Benaki Museum. "Glass of the Sultans," February 20, 2002–May 15, 2002, no. 46.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fifty Years of Collecting Islamic Art," September 23, 2013–January 26, 2014, no catalogue.

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Glass: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 44, no. 2 (Fall 1986). p. 20, ill. fig. 17 (b/w).

Carboni, Stefano, David Whitehouse, Robert H. Brill, and William Gudenrath. Glass of the Sultans. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001. no. 46, p. 129, ill. p. 129 (color).

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