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On display at V&A South Kensington
Glass, Room 131

Beaker

1250-1350 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This enamelled glass drinking vessel features a simple horizontal band with two heraldic badges and an Arabic inscription, with the phrase "Glory to our Lord the Sultan the King". Around the horizontal band, small fish and leaves are painted lightly onto the clear glass. The two white roundels each feature a red lion, which may refer to the royal emblem of the Mamluk Sultan Baybars, who ruled Syria and Egypt from 1260 to 1277. The lion motif also continued to decorate examples of Mamluk enamelled glass after the reign of Baybars, into the 14th century.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gilded and enamelled glass
Brief Description
Glass beaker decorated in coloured enamels, with lion blazon and Arabic inscription, Mamluk Egypt or Syria, 1260-1277
Physical Description
Glass beaker, with painted enamel decoration of a horizontal frieze, with Mamluk blazon of a red lion in a white roundel, and Arabic inscription against blue ground. Above and below the frieze, fish and leaf motifs are painted in red outline against clear glass. Inscribed "`izz li- maulana, al-Sultan al-Malik" (Glory to our Lord the Sultan the King).
Dimensions
  • Height: 14.6cm
  • Maximum width: 8.0cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
''izz li-maulana al-Sultan al-Malik' (Decoration; Arabic)
Gallery Label
Probably made for use at the court of Sultan of Egypt, Baybers I (1260-77), whose personal crest was a lion.
Subject depicted
Association
Summary
This enamelled glass drinking vessel features a simple horizontal band with two heraldic badges and an Arabic inscription, with the phrase "Glory to our Lord the Sultan the King". Around the horizontal band, small fish and leaves are painted lightly onto the clear glass. The two white roundels each feature a red lion, which may refer to the royal emblem of the Mamluk Sultan Baybars, who ruled Syria and Egypt from 1260 to 1277. The lion motif also continued to decorate examples of Mamluk enamelled glass after the reign of Baybars, into the 14th century.
Bibliographic Reference
Lamm (1930;p.344)
Other Number
8301 - Glass gallery number
Collection
Accession Number
335-1900

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record createdDecember 13, 1997
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