10 février 2019

A fine and rare silver and parcel-gilt cup, Golden Horde, Central Asia, 13th-14th century

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Lot 88. A fine and rare silver and parcel-gilt cup, Golden Horde, Central Asia, 13th-14th century; 13cm. max. diam. Estimate 25,000 — 35,000 GBPLot Sold 43,750 GBPPhoto Sotheby's 2014

the deep rounded body with central gilt medallion incised and punched with lotus blossom design, a foliate-edged thumb-rest rivetted to the rim with en-suite decoration, external rim with gilt band also incised and punched with foliate details.

Note: This type of drinking cup (or 'belt-bowl'), which has its origins in eastern Asia, spread west from the Ural river during the Mongol expansion of the early thirteenth century.  It was carried in a bag that hung from the traveller's belt, and is illustrated in a miniature depicting Sultan Sanjar ibn Malik Shah in the Edinburgh University copy of the Jami al-Tawarikh of Rashid al-Din (see D.T. Rice, The Illustrations to the 'World History' of Rashid al-Din, Edinburgh, 1976, p.175).  

Two similar cups are illustrated in: The Treasures of the Golden Horde, The State Hermitage Museum, The State Historical Museum exhibition catalogue, St Petersburgh, 2000, cat. no. 41, p.70 and cat. no. 60, p.228. 

Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World, London, 08 Oct 2014


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