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standing cup~medal

1600/1700

British Museum

British Museum

Standing cup and cover; gold; enamelled and jewelled; outside of bowl and foot covered with ground of gold thread on canvas foundation; on bowl: four lyre-shaped garlands of seed pearls laid on silver thread; quatrefoil ornament in openwork high relief within each garland, each with central diamond, four pearls and enamelled petals; between the garlands, four aigrette-shaped ornaments of similar style; upper and lower edge of bowl: row of pearls; foot ornamented similarly with gold thread, pearls and cartouches, enamelled and jewelled with rubies and diamonds; bottom of bowl and lower part of foot: applied borders of scrollwork, enamelled and set with rubies, diamonds and pearls; cover ornamented with applied plates of scroll design, enamelled and set with four rubies, twelve square table diamonds and eight pearls; centre: raised stand with four rubies and enamelled mounted figure of a Saracen with lance; inside: gold medal of Rudolph II, bust to right, bare head with ruff, wearing armour and Golden Fleece; inscribed.

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  • Title: standing cup~medal
  • Date Created: 1600/1700
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 19.00cm (total); Height: 12.20cm (without cover); Height: 6.50cm (side of bowl); Diameter: 11.70cm (cover); Diameter: 8.10cm (foot-rim); Weight: 766.00g (total); Weight: 199.11g (lid)
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: applied; enamelled; high relief; burnished; repouss
  • Subject: equestrian
  • Registration number: WB.66
  • Production place: Case made in Transylvania
  • Material: gold; diamond; enamel; pearl; ruby; silver; canvas
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Bequeathed by Rothschild, Ferdinand Anselm

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