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Stem Cup

Period:
Period of Tibetan Empire
Date:
7th–9th century
Culture:
China (Xinjiang Autonomous Region, Central Asia)
Medium:
Gold with repoussé decoration
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm); Diam. of mouth 2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Purchase, 2001 Benefit Fund, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.19
Not on view
The intertwined vine with its curled leaves is reminiscent of Sogdian imagery and motifs found in Gandharan Dionysian reliefs. The twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac are placed in rectangular frames beneath the cup rim.
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