Goblet with Incised Designs

Object Name: Goblet

Date: 8th–9th century

Geography: Attributed to probably Iraq or Syria

Medium: Glass, bluish green; blown, applied solid stem and blown foot; scratch-engraved

Dimensions: H. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm)
Diam. of rim: 3 9/16 in. (9 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1965

Accession Number: 65.173.1


This goblet belongs to a distinctive group of glass vessels with scratch-engraved decoration that share stylistic and decorative similarities. Some objects bear inscriptions, such as the kufic calligraphy on this goblet that reads, "Drink! Blessings from God to the owner of the goblet". Formulas including good wishes were commonly found on eating and drinking vessels in both pottery and glass.