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Gorgeous Sassanian Glass Cup, Facet-Cut

Ancient Near East, Sassanian, ca. 3rd to 6th century CE. A gorgeous green glass cup with a thick-walled hemispheric body that is adorned by meticulously arranged circular facets. A large and deeply cut facet on the base provides a stable surface upon which it rests. When held to the light, one can appreciate not only its translucent quality but also how the passages of iridescence sparkle across the repeated faceted design! Size: 3.625" in diameter x 2.875" H (9.2 cm x 7.3 cm)

Faceted bowls such as this one are characterized by uniformity of shape, size, and arrangement of the facets in four, five, or in this case six rows. They represent the most widespread type of late Sasanian glass vessel, found in excavations of Mesopotamian and Iranian sites dating from the fifth to seventh century CE. Some examples —probably carried along the Silk Road to the Far East by Persian merchants and traveling embassies—have been found in Japanese contexts, namely in the sixth-century tomb of the emperor Ankan and in the Shoso-in Treasure at Nara, which was assembled by the emperor Shomu in the eighth century.

A similar example is currently on exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gallery 405.

Condition: Some interior bubbles inherent to the original process. Stunning rainbow iridescence!

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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