Cup

On display

Silver cup, parcel-gilt. In the centre is a medallion with the Victory of Tomyris over Cyrus; on the left a soldier holds up Cyrus's decapitated head. The stem is formed as the figure of Tomyris, placing the head of Cyrus in a pot of blood. The remainder of the surface of the cup is embossed and chased with flowers. Around the foot are four silver plaques representing the animals of Africa, America, Europe and Asia.

Details

  • Title

    Cup

  • Associated place

    Nuremberg (place of creation)
  • Date

    1662 - 1664
  • Material and technique

    parcel-gilt silver

  • Object type

    cup
  • Dimensions

    26.1 cm (height)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.

  • Museum location

    Second floor | Gallery 53 | European Goldsmiths' Work
  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.

    WA2013.1.268

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Further reading

Karin Tebbe, Ursula Timann, Thomas Eser, Ralf Schürer, Birgit Schübel, Peggy Grosse, Said Habib, Ulrike Rathjen, Nürnberger Goldschmiedekunst 1541-1868, 3 (Verlag des Germanischen Nationalmuseums, Nuremberg, 2007), Band 1, Teil 1; no. 996.02, no. BZ22

Marc Rosenberg, Der Goldschmiede Merkzeichen (Frankfurt, 1922-28), 4247d or e, Band 3, p. 236-7

Jones, Edward Alfred, Catalogue of the Collection of Old Plate of Leopold de Rothschild, Esquire (London, 1907), 34, plate XXXIV

Wilson, Timothy, Winterbottom, Matthew, Treasures of the Goldsmith's Art: The Michael Wellby Bequest to the Ashmolean Museum (Ashmolean Museum University of Oxford, 2015)

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