Cup Signed by Sunbat

Object Name: 
Cup Signed by Sunbat

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Object Name: 
Cup Signed by Sunbat
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Overall H: 10 cm; Rim Diam: 13.2 cm
On Display
possibly 786-787
Web Description: 
The Arabic inscription under the rim means “In the name of Allah the Merciful, the Compassionate. Blessing from Allah on the person who drinks from this cup. That which was made in Damascus at the hands of Sunbāṭ[?] in the year 1[?].”
Yeganeh, Mohammad, Source
Primary Description: 
Cup Signed by Sunbāṭ. Bluish colorless glass with dark brown and yellow silver stain; blown, tooled, stained. The cup has wide flaring sides, a small rounded base (does not stand upright), and a rim thickened by tooling. Horizontal bands of geometric, calligraphic and vegetal decoration were applied in luster stains around both the interior and the exterior. Approximately half of the decoration was applied on the interior, the other half, sometimes overlapping, on the exterior. A six-sided star decorates the bottom interior. Very few scattered small bubbles in the glass; pontil mark on base.
Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition
Metropolitan Museum of Art 2012-03-12 through 2012-07-08
The Eastern Mediterranean, from Syria across North Africa, comprised the wealthy southern provinces of the Byzantine Empire at the start of the seventh century. By that century's end, the region was central to the emerging Islamic world. This exhibition will be the first to display the complex character of the region and its exceptional art and culture during the era of transition—from its role as part of the Byzantine state to its evolving position in the developing Islamic world. The dialogue between established Byzantine and evolving Islamic styles and culture will be shown through images of authority, religion, and especially commerce. Iconoclasm as it emerged during that period among the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic communities of the region will be addressed.
Iraq and China: Ceramics, Trade and Innovation
Smithsonian International Gallery 2004-11-09 through 2005-04-24
Glass of the Sultans
Benaki Museum
Corning Museum of Glass
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New Light on Old Glass: Recent Research on Byzantine Mosaics and Glass (2013) illustrated, pp. 330-331, pl. 2; BIB# 136397
Stained Glass--Radiant Art (2013) illustrated, p. 18, Fig. 8;
Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition, 7th-9th Century (2012) illustrated, p. 241, #174; BIB# 130353
Richard La Londe and Friends (2009) illustrated, p. 148; BIB# 112312
Histoire du Verre: Le Moyen Age (2005) illustrated, p. 81; BIB# 86645
Glass of the Sultans (2001) illustrated, p. 208, #102; BIB# 68105
Hikari no shouchu: sekai no garasu = The glass (1992) p. 97, #153; BIB# 58995
Recent Important Acquisitions, 12 (1970) illustrated, pp. 174-175, #22; BIB# AI97752