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Large Cup with Ring Handle

Tibetan period
8th century
Northwestern China
Silver with parcel gilding
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)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Pat and John Rosenwald and The Dillon Fund Gifts, and Rogers and Louis V. Bell Funds, 2001
Accession Number:
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)
[sale, Christie's, New York , Indian and Southeast Asian Art Including 20th Century Indian Paintings; September 19, 2001, lot 130, 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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