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Goblet with Harpies

late 12th–early 13th century

Stonepaste with enamel over opaque white glaze (Minai ware)

4 9/16 x 4 3/8 in. (11.6 x 11.1 cm)
Gift of Wilson P. Foss, Jr., Ph.B. 1913
1953.24.15
The writing in a pseudo-Kufic script running along the rim of this delicate goblet suggests that a text served as the source for the imagery painted on the sides.
Culture: 
Persian, Iranian, Islamic, probably Kashan
Period: 
Iran, Seljuk period (1037–1194) or Ilkhanid period (1256–1353)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Both the bowl and the goblet were the gifts of Wilson P. Foss, Jr. and had earlier been in the Parish-Watson collection. In 1940, the bowl appeared in the New York exhibition of Persian Art, and in addition, it bears the label of the 1931 exhibition held in London.

Bibliography: 

“A Global Gallery for a Global University,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2013): 94–95, fig. 11.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.