8th–9th century AD
transparent glass, blown, tooled and painted in bichrome lustre
8.7 x 9.5cm
The beaker bears a cursive benediction around the rim which reads ‘Drink with enjoyment and pleasure in its excellent qualities. Blessing to its owner’. Below the inscription are vertical panels of stylized palm branches.
S.M. Goldstein et al, Glass. From Sasanian Antecedents to European Imitations, The Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume XV, London 2005, cat.167, p.139. J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.47, p.56.