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


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.