Cup with Birds

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Cup with Birds
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Overall H: 7.2 cm; Rim Diam: 11.2 cm
On Display
Primary Description: 
Cup with Birds. Almost colorless, with bluish green tinge; few very small bubbles; decorated in orange brown and pale yellow. Blown; stained. Cup: cylindrical. Rim plain, with thickened and rounded lip; wall almost vertical, but curving in at bottom; base flat; pontil mark roughly circular (D. about 1.2 cm). Decorated on both sides. On exterior, outlined in yellow: single register outlined at top and bottom of wall by single continuous horizontal line; five very similar stylized birds shown in profile, facing left, and separated by rosettes; each bird has head inclined upward and with three pointed projections at top; head is separated from neck by two parallel arcs; body is roughly U-shaped, with one side outlining breast and other outlining tail, and with smaller, shallow U outlining back; roughly circular upward projection from back may represent wing (but see COMMENT); tail points upward and is shaped like fan; legs and feet are represented by small, roughly circular motifs; between head and tail of each bird is one small circle. Each pair of birds is separated by two rosettes, one above other, that consist of central circle surrounded by six smaller circles. Decoration on interior (and perhaps partly on exterior), filling motifs with orange brown: heads, bodies, tails, feet, and winglike parts of birds (all filled with small dots); circles between birds’ heads and tails, and central circle and alternate peripheral circles in rosettes (filled with solid color). Brown dots have yellow halos.
Henrich, Wilhelm, Source
Islam and the Medieval West
University Art Museum, Binghamton 1975 through 1975
East Side Winter Antiques Show
Park Avenue Armory
Treasures in Glass
Allentown Art Museum 1966 through 1966
Islam and the Medieval West (1975) illustrated, no. G12; BIB# 18974
Recent Important Acquisitions, 8 (1966) illustrated, p. 133, #23; BIB# AI97742
Treasures in Glass (1966) p. 26, no. 31; BIB# 28036