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Beaker

Syrianca. 1260 (Crusader)

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

This unique glass vessel reflects religious, historical, and cultural connections between Islam and Christianity. The work dates from the Crusader period (1097-1291), when Islamic imagery, including inscriptions in Arabic, as here, was often combined with Christian themes. It includes compositions in which figures resembling saints alternate with two-storied, domed structures that may represent monastic communities. A smaller vessel in the Walters collection (Walters 47.18), perhaps made to pair with this beaker, depicts a figure riding a grey donkey -- possibly Christ entering Jerusalem.

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  • Title: Beaker
  • Date Created: ca. 1260 (Crusader)
  • Physical Dimensions: h18.9 cm
  • Type: beakers
  • Rights: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1925, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: glass with gilt and enamel
  • Provenance: G. Dattari, Cairo, by 1912; Sale, Hirsch-Sambon, Paris, 1912, lot nos. 608, 609; Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York, by 1925; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1925, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Origin: Syria
  • Inscriptions: [Translation] Glory to our lord the Sultan, the royal, the diligent, the wise, the defender, the protector of frontiers, the fortified by God, the triumphant
  • ExhibitionHistory: Renaissance of Islam: Art of the Mamluks. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati; The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; San Diego Museum Of Art, San Diego; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford. 1981-1983; Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001; Venice and The Islamic World, 827-1797 (Venise et l'Orient). Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris Cedex 05; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 2006-2007
  • Artist: Syrian

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