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Goblet with Harpies

late 12th–early 13th century

Stonepaste painted with pigment and enamels on a opaque white glaze (Minai ware)

4 9/16 × 4 3/8 in. (11.6 × 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.
Geography: 
Iran
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Iranian/Persian, Islamic
Period: 
Seljuk period (1037–1194),Mongol period (1221 - 1256)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Parish Watson Collection; Wilson P. Foss Jr. (1890–1957); given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1953

Bibliography: 

Kishwar Rizvi, “Islamic Art at the Yale University Art Gallery,” Arts of Asia (March–April 2018): 99, fig. 8.

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

James Prosek and Edith Devaney, James Prosek: Art, Artifact, Artifice, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2020), 52, pl. 34.

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.