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Footed Cup

Date:
6th century
Culture:
Central Asia, Sogdia
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); Diam. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Friends of Asian Art, Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Dillon Gift, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.223
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.
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