Goblet of clear glass enamelled and gilded; mounted on foot of silver gilt embossed with fleurs-de-lis; inscription in gold on blue ground near edge; below, a prince seated between two attendants holding swords, beyond are three others, one holding a polo club; figures modelled in thick white enamel, thinly gilt with details in red and blue; goblet has flat foot-rim with turn-up inside; held in mount by leaves; stem embossed with pairs of birds sitting on branches; ribbed crystal knop; base embossed with fleur-de-lis in lozenge diaper.


  • Title: goblet
  • Date Created: 1200/1250
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 26.30cm (total); Height: 14.40cm (glass); Height: 13.10cm (mount); Diameter: 12.00cm (base); Diameter: 13.20cm (rim glass); Weight: 206.29g (mount); Weight: 186.24g (glass)
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: embossed; enamelled; gilded; blown
  • Subject: attendant; heraldry; bird; arms/armour; prince/princess; tree/bush
  • Registration number: WB.53
  • Production place: Made in Syria. Made in Egypt. Made in France
  • Period/culture: Islamic
  • Material: glass; enamel; gold; mineral; silver
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Bequeathed by Rothschild, Ferdinand Anselm. Previous owner/ex-collection Palmer-Morewood

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