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A late Ayyubid or Mamluk enamelled glass beaker, Syria, 13th/14th century
of tapering cylindrical form broadening toward the mouth, with an enamelled calligraphic band under the lip, within a custom box with old collector's label: "no. 2802, A Persian Cone Beaker with wide flared mouth, covered with much iridescence and enamelled with a band of inscription below the lip, the narrow foot with kick in base, 4 1/4 in.; Rakka, 13th century (cf. Lamm op.cit.pl.96 and p.276) From the Eumorfopoulos Collection"
11cm. height
10cm. max. diam.
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Provenance

Ex-collection George Eumorfopoulos (1863-1939). 
Sold by Order of Mrs. Eumorfopoulos and of the Executors of George Eumorfopoulos Esq., Sotheby & Co. London, The Eumorfopoulos Collections, 5 June 1940, lot 83.
Ascher family collection.

Literature

Sotheby's, The Eumorfopoulos Collections, London, 5 June 1940, p.27, lot 83.

Catalogue Note

inscriptions

'Perpetual Glory and Safe-life and rising Good-fortune and Prosperity ....'

The beaker has the distinctive base structure unique to beakers produced in the Middle East in the thirteenth century. Belonging to the earliest type, categorised by Rachel Ward as 'type A', with a "significant flare to the mouth", and a minimalist design, particularly of an inscriptive nature (Ward 1998, pp.52-53).

There is some evidence that these beakers were originally produced in sets, or nests, that could be stacked together (Carboni 2001, p.334). Three beakers, apparently from one of these sets, are in the Khalili Collection (Goldstein 2005, pp.278-9, no.305), and the other, probably constituting the fourth beaker from the same set is in the Al-Sabah Collection (inv. no.LNS 97 KG, Carboni 2001, p.334, cat. no.87).

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