Asian Art

Beaker with Fleur-de-Lis

12th Century CE

Glass, free-blown with enamel and gilding

4 13/16 x 2 7/16 in. (12.2 x 6.2 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Bequest of Mrs. William H. Moore
1955.6.227
The decoration on this beaker, particularly the French fleur-de-lis, indicates that it was made in Syria for one of the states established throughout West Asia by the European crusaders that invaded the region during the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth centuries. Glass and other luxury items were commissioned by these states, which ultimately dissolved in the late thirteenth century due to lack of financial support from Europe, regional divisions, and the formation of the Ilkhanid Empire under the Mongols.
Culture: 
Eastern Mediterranean
Period: 
Crusader State, Ayyubid period (ca. 1171–1260)
Classification: 
Containers - Glass
Status: 
On view
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