A FATIMID LUSTRE-DECORATED GLASS CUP, SYRIA, 9TH-11TH CENTURY
of deep globular form with uneven straight edges, decorated in honey-coloured lustre with stylised foliate motifs, pontil mark to base
Broken and restored with sections replaced, notably a large section to side, some irridescence, as viewed.
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Ex-private collection, Japan.
A lustre-painted glass of deep globular, uneven form such as the present example is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, inv. no. C.24-1932. Lustre is a thin layer made of copper or silver particles in a silica-based glassy solution. In this instance it is yellow-saffron coloured lustre that decorates the blue-tinted glass of the beaker. The present lot is comparable to a Fatimid glass vessel blown from a similar bluish glass in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv.no. 1974.74).