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Two double cups
Roman, first century A.D.
Height 4 1/8 inches (105 mm);
diameter 3 1/2 inches (89 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, before 1913; AZ050.1-2
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Each cup consists of an inner liner and an outer casing, which is worked in repousseĢ. The original silver gilt has largely worn away, and the double handles are missing. The decoration consists of cranes feeding among wheat or sorghum, hunting snakes, a lizard, butterflies, and a grasshoper. On one side of one cup, the birds stand beside poppies.

Although the cups were found in Rome, the are believed to be the work of a Greek craftsman.

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