Footed Cup

Date: 6th century

Culture: Central Asia, Sogdia

Medium: Silver

Dimensions: H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); Diam. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)

Classification: Metalwork

Credit Line: Friends of Asian Art, Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Dillon Gift, 1998

Accession Number: 1998.223


The cup, on a high flaring foot is decorated with a repoussé motif of petals, and a beaded relief surrounds the inner rim. The type is of western origin, probably from the Roman Mediterranean, and arrived in Iran and Central Asia about the fifth century A.D. during a time of active international trade. It became an element of the luxury tableware in Central Asian courts that is so vividly depicted in Sogdian mural paintings.