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Silver-gilt cup (one of a pair)

Late Classical or Hellenistic
4th–3rd century B.C.
Greek, South Italian
Silver, gold
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.3 cm); diameter 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm); length including handles 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, Patti Cadby Birch Gift, 1993
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The cups are decorated on the interior with an outer band of gilding engraved with ivy leaves and tendrils and, within a star pattern, a central medallion depicting Dionysos, the god of wine, with his customary attribute, an ivy-tipped thyrsos (staff). Such decoration is highly appropriate for a pair of drinking cups. Unusually, their bowls were hammered from thin sheets of silver rather than cast, making them lightweight and easy to use.
Picón, Carlos A. 1994. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1993-1994." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 52(2): p. 13.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1994. "One Hundred Twenty-fourth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1993 through June 30, 1994." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 124: pp. 34-5.

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