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    Goblet
    Syria; 14th c.

    This Syrian Goblet well shows the subtlety and skill of the Islamic master glassmakers. Wares richly decorated with enamel and gilding were typical of the best work of the 12th-15th c. The surface bears almost all elements of rich decoration - stylized inscriptions in Kufic and Naksh scripts, quotations from the Qur'an, stylized geometrical and plant motifs, medallions. The stylization of the script of the quotations that cover almost the whole surface make them difficult to read, but the wonderfully inventive use of decorative elements is typical of all enamel inscriptions on Islamic glassware.