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Overall H: 8.3 cm, Diam (max): 9.9 cm
Not on Display
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This cup belongs to a large group of early Islamic vessels that were decorated by pinching the surface with tongs. The metal tongs had circular or square ends containing the carved motif that was to be impressed in relief on the wall of the glass. Three different pairs of tongs, which produced triangular, circular, and heart-shaped patterns, were used to decorate the Corning cup. The makers of such objects may have been seeking ways to achieve some freedom of expression within the rules of repetition common in Islamic art. This freedom could be achieved by using different combinations of tongs, which bore patterns different from those of one- or two-part molds. Archeological finds indicate that this type of glass was traded extensively in the Islamic world during the ninth and 10th centuries.
Kouchakji, Fahim, Source
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Bowl. Transparent yellowish green, with some small bubbles and fewer large ones; occasional darker streaks. Blown; pincered. Cylindrical bowl. Rim plain, with rounded lip; wall almost vertical, but with slightly convex profile, curving in at bottom; base plain; pontil mark. Wall has three horizontal rows of pincered motifs: at rim, above mid-point, and at and below mid-point. All rows were made with different tools. Row at rim (1) has 11 contiguous or adjacent V-shaped motifs; that above mid-point (2) has 13 circles; row below mid-point (3), contains eight stylized heart-shaped motifs, each enclosing one vertical line and two semi-circles.
Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World
American Museum of Natural History 2009-11 through 2010-08
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
National Chaing Kai Shek Memorial Hall
Glass of the Sultans
Benaki Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Glass from the Ancient World: So Diverse a Unity
University of Michigan 1991-04-05 through 1991-05-05
Islamic Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass Volume Two (2014) illustrated, p. 152, #878; BIB# 113723
Islamic Masterworks: 'Glass of the Sultans' at the Met (2001-11) illustrated, fig. 10;
Glass in the Islamic World (2001) illustrated, [p. 5, bottom];
Glass of the Sultans (2001) illustrated, p. 130-131, #47; BIB# 68105
Hikari no shouchu: sekai no garasu = The glass (1992) p. 95, #149; BIB# 58995
Glass from the Ancient World: So Diverse a Unity (1991) illustrated, p. 76, no.49; BIB# 34381