Aug 27, 2012
Aug 27, 2012

Stem Cup

Stem Cup

early 700s

Silver with gilt interior and incised and chased decoration

Overall: 9 cm (3 9/16 in.)

Edward L. Whittemore Fund 1951.396


This stem cup is a supreme example of secular silver. During the Tang Dynasty (618–907), vessels like this were used to serve both tea and wine, the beverages enjoyed by the elite. It also demonstrates the effects of east-west exchanges along the Silk Road: the stem cup was a popular shape in Sasanian Iran.

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