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.
[ Gisèle Croës , Brussels, BE, until 1998; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Glimpses of the Silk Road: Central Asia in the First Millennium," 2002.

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