Beaker with Relief-cut Decoration

Object Name: Beaker

Date: 9th–10th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran

Medium: Glass, colorless; blown, cut

Dimensions: H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Diam. 4 9/16 in. (11.6 cm)
Wt. 4.1 oz. (116.2 g)

Classification: Glass

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.