Cup

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Object Name: 
Cup
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
72.1.21
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 7.4 cm, Diam (max): 9.4 cm; Rim Diam: 8.3 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
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.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Motamed, Saeed, Source
1972
Category: 
Color: 
Material: 
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.