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Large Cup with Ring Handle

Period:
Tibetan period
Date:
8th century
Culture:
Northwestern China
Medium:
Silver with parcel gilding
Dimensions:
H. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm); W. at handle 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm); Diam. of rim 5 in. (12.7 cm) Diam. of foot 2 3/8 in. (6 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Purchase, Pat and John Rosenwald and The Dillon Fund Gifts, and Rogers and Louis V. Bell Funds, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.628
Not on view
The flat bowl, attached ring handle, and raised entwined palmettes on this cup are typical of works produced under Tibetan rule in the seventh and eighth centuries. Chinese historical annals record the extensive and extravagant use of gold and silver in Tibet during this period. However, this production has only recently been identified, largely on the basis of similar pieces excavated at sites in northwestern China.
Inscription: The undecorated interior has an incision that has been read as the Tibetan syllable ka. (From purchase report)
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