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Beaker

Artist Culture
Syrian
Period
Mamluk period, 1250–1517
Date
second half 13th or 14th century
Material
Glass
From
Damascus, Levant, Syria, Asia
Classification
Containers, glassware
Current Location
On View, Gallery 120
Dimensions
height: 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
diameter of mouth: 2 in. (5.1 cm)
diameter of foot: 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
52:1921
NOTES
Glass-making in the Islamic world reflects a vibrant tradition dating from ancient times. The Romans first discovered how to blow glass on a rod, while the Iranians in late antiquity specialized in molded glass with wheel-cut decoration.

Roman traditions in glass-making also continued for centuries. As late as the 13th century, glass from Egypt and Syria exhibited Roman decorative techniques to incorporate contrasting colors. Such techniques can be seen on this small beaker.
Found in Damascus, Syria [1]

- 1921
Kouchakji Frères [Fahim Joseph Kouchakji (1886–1976)], New York, NY, USA [2]

1921 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Kouchakji Frères [3]


Notes:
[1] Per list from Kouchakji Frères entitled "Objets de Collection" and dated June 15th, 1921, listing the objects purchased by the City Art Museum and their respective prices. 52:1921 is designated as No. 7 [SLAM document files].

[2] See note [1].

[3] Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control, July 8, 1921.
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