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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.
Artist/makerJohann Jacob Wolrab (b. 1662 - c. 1664 active) (goldsmith)
Date1662 - 1664
Material and technique
Dimensions26.1 cm (height)
No. of items
Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 53 | European Goldsmiths' Work
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Jones, Edward Alfred, Catalogue of the Collection of Old Plate of Leopold de Rothschild, Esquire (London, 1907), 34, plate XXXIV
Marc Rosenberg, Der Goldschmiede Merkzeichen (Frankfurt, 1922-28), 4247d or e, Band 3, p. 236-7
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
Wilson, Timothy, Winterbottom, Matthew, Treasures of the Goldsmith's Art: The Michael Wellby Bequest to the Ashmolean Museum (Ashmolean Museum University of Oxford, 2015)