Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Footed Cup

6th century
Central Asia, Sogdia
H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); Diam. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Friends of Asian Art, Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Dillon Gift, 1998
Accession Number:
Not on view
The cup, on a high flaring foot is decorated with a repoussé motif of petals, and a beaded relief surrounds the inner rim. The type is of western origin, probably from the Roman Mediterranean, and arrived in Iran and Central Asia about the fifth century A.D. during a time of active international trade. It became an element of the luxury tableware in Central Asian courts that is so vividly depicted in Sogdian mural paintings.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Glimpses of the Silk Road: Central Asia in the First Millennium," 2002.

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