Object Name: Beaker
Date: 9th–10th century
Medium: Glass, colorless; blown, cut
Dimensions: H. 5 3/8 in. (13.6 cm)
Max. Diam. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Rogers Fund, and Jack A. Josephson, Dr. and Mrs. Lewis Balamuth, and Mr. and Mrs. Alvin W. Pearson Gifts, 1974
Accession Number: 1974.45
In its size, state of preservation, and fineness of execution, this piece has few parallels in Islamic relief-cut glass. The decoration consists of a band of palmettes, half-palmettes, and floral motifs on two scrolls between two horizontal ridges. Early Islamic carved rock-crystal vessels reputedly produced in Egypt demonstrate a close similarity in technique and design.