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Overall H: 7.4 cm, Diam (max): 9.4 cm; Rim Diam: 8.3 cm
On Display
probably 500-599
Web Description: 
Another example of Sasanian craftsmanship is a small bowl cut with relief bosses. It was probably made in Iran. The surfaces of the bosses are concave. The surrounding glass has been cut back to leave the bosses standing in relief, a process that would have required a great deal of effort. The foot of the bowl has been treated in the same way. Similar objects were among the Sasanian glassware exported to the Far East. At least one example is known from China, and fragments of another were found in a sixth- to seventh-century context on the Japanese island of Okinoshima.
Motamed, Saeed, Source
Primary Description: 
Transparent light purplish brown glass; probably cast, possibly blown, and cut; hemispherical; rim plain, with rounded and very slightly everted lip; wall curves down and in; foot is solid cylinder. Decorated on wall with two continuous horizontal rows of six cylindrical bosses with concave upper surfaces, made by cutting, grinding and polishing.
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National Museum of Natural Science 2011-06-11 through 2011-09-12
National Museum of Australia 2012-03-31 through 2012-07-29
Palazzo delle Esposizioni 2012-10-27 through 2013-03-24
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Musees Royaux d' Art et d' Histoire 1993-02-11 through 1993-05-25
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass
Yokohama Museum of Art 1992-10-12 through 1992-12-13
The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from The Corning Museum of Glass
IBM Gallery 1989-12-12 through 1990-02-03
National Gallery of Art 1990-12 through 1991-04
Sasanian Cup (adult) (2011)BIB# 131668
Glass along the Silk Road from 200 BC to AD 1000 (2010) illustrated, p. 108; BIB# 120363
Yi shu bo li he zhuang shi bo li (Artistic Glass and Decorative Glass) (2009) illustrated, p. 253, pl. 15 (fig. 12-19, right); BIB# 166455
Liu li: Nü wa de yi zhen (2008) illustrated, p. 69; BIB# 167237
Flaunting Dominion in Ancient Iran (2007-02-16) illustrated, p. 31;
Glass, Gilding & Grand Design (2007) illustrated, pp. 35, 44, #11; BIB# 103121
Les Perses sassanides (2006) pp. 149-150, #93; BIB# 94091
Sasanian and Post-Sasanian Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (2005) illustrated, pp. 45-46, #50; BIB# 88262
Director's Letter (2005) illustrated, p. 1, right; BIB# AI65621
The Decanter: An Illustrated History of Glass from 1650 (2004) illustrated, p. 72, pl. 101; BIB# 67221
New History of World Art - Western Asia (2000-02) p. 317, ill. #290;
Beauty of Glass (2000) illustrated, p. 95; BIB# 77736
Antike Glastopferei (1999) illustrated, pp. 138-139, no. 333; BIB# 63570
Uncovering treasures in the Empire State (1999) p. 132, fig. 8; BIB# AI43699
Lobmeyr 1823: Helles Glas un klares Licht (1998) illustrated, p. 194; BIB# 58172
All About Glass = Garasu Daihyakka (1993) p. 33; BIB# 36566
The Corning Museum of Glass and the Finger Lakes Region (1993) illustrated, p. 38, third row, right; BIB# 35681
The Survey of Glass in the World (1992) illustrated, (no. 183), p. 91, 289; BIB# 44518
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 28, #19; BIB# 35679
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 66-67, pl. 25; BIB# 33819
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 32; p. 33, #26; BIB# 33211
The History of Glass (1989 edition) (1989) illustrated, p. 54; BIB# 150278
The History of Glass (1984 edition) (1984) illustrated, p. 54; BIB# 22683
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, p. 33, #25; BIB# 21161