Period: Tang dynasty (618–907)
Date: 8th–9th century
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)
Credit Line: Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1991
Accession Number: 1991.159
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.