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Beaker

Type
Beaker
Historical period(s)
Mamluk period, late 13th century
Medium
Glass
Dimension(s)
H x Diam: 30 × 18 cm (11 13/16 × 7 1/16 in)
Geography
Syria
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1948.14
Label
Enameled glass vessels were one of the most sought-after luxury items of medieval Syria and Egypt, avidly collected by wealthy patrons throughout the Islamic world and beyond. A technical virtuosity, enameled glass was created by outlining the decorative elements with red enamel and filling them in with white, blue, green, yellow and other colors. Much like the process for luster-painted ceramics, the enamel was applied cold and fixed to the surface by firing the vessel again at a low temperature.This fluted, honey-colored beaker is one of the largest drinking vessels to survive intact from the Mamluks in Egypt and Syria (1250-1517). Its decoration is probably inspired by contemporary manuscript paintings and depicts courtly figures and scenes of royal pastimes, such as hunting and polo.
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Glass, Vessel
Keyword(s)
blown, enamel, gilding, Mamluk period (1250 - 1517), mold blown, Syria
Collection(s) Area
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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