Iran or Egypt
9th or 10th century AD
yellowish-brown glass, mould blown and relief cut
13.5 x 7.5cm
The beaker is decorated with two running ibexes, their heads turned backwards and their horns joined at the tip. Around the base is a frieze of palmettes, some of them terminating in stylised birds’ heads [see drawings]. Like the animals which appear on Fatimid rock crystals, their bodies are decorated with shallow-cut circles.
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.245, pp.206–7. J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.146, pp.125.