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
Purchase, Patti Cadby Birch Gift, 1993
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.