Double shell cup decorated with vine scroll and putti

Double shell cup decorated in repousse high relief with separate cast foot. The handles were also separatedly casted in the form of a thumbplate with two ring handles below. Surface slightly abraded.

Historical period(s)
Roman period, ca. 30 BCE-100 CE
Medium
Silver
Dimensions
H x W x D: 9.2 x 19.4 x 11.5 cm (3 5/8 x 7 5/8 x 4 1/2 in)
Geography
Syria
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.129
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Cup

Keywords
casting, chasing, repousse, Roman Period (30 BCE - 395 CE), Syria, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Double shell cup decorated in repousse high relief with separate cast foot. The handles were also separatedly casted in the form of a thumbplate with two ring handles below. Surface slightly abraded.

Label

Two handled-drinking silver cups were popular throughout the ancient Mediterranean and Near eastern cultures between the 4th century BCE and the late Roman period. Often produced in pairs, they were particularly popular among wealthy Romans. The cups were decorated in a repousse high relief with the handles and feet cast separately.

Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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