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Wine Cup with Two Ducks

Period:
Tang dynasty (618–907)
Date:
8th–9th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silver with gilding
Dimensions:
H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); W. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm); D. 3 in. (7.6 cm); Diam. of foot 3 in. (7.6 cm); H. of foot 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.159
Not on view
West Asian depictions of two birds facing one another may have helped to inspire the representation of the two mandarin ducks in the interior of this cup. In Chinese culture the ducks are a longstanding symbol for marital happiness.
[ J. J. Lally & Co. , New York, until 1991; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Glimpses of the Silk Road: Central Asia in the First Millennium," 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Red and Black: Chinese Lacquer, 13th–16th Century," September 7, 2011–June 10, 2012.

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