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Cup with Fish-Shaped Handles
Golden Horde (Southern Russia), late 13th–14th century
Gold sheet, handles worked in repoussé and engraved
State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg (SAR-1613)
cat. 139
[click on top image for full object view]

Cup with Fish-Shaped Handles Cup with Fish-Shaped Handles
Cup with Fish-Shaped Handles

This spectacular gold cup was excavated at the site of New Saray (Saray al-Jadid) along the Volga River. New Saray was the second capital of the Golden Horde, the branch of the Mongol dynasty whose empire encompassed parts of the Caucasus, the Crimea, Siberia, and the vast steppe region north of the Caspian Sea.

  Cup with Fish-Shaped Handles
Dragon- and fish-shaped handles were common elements in the repertoire of the Chinese-influenced Mongols of the Golden Horde, representing symbols of good omen, especially for drinking vessels.
  Cup with Fish-Shaped Handles

Here, the contrast between the elaborate, sculptural repoussé handles and the plain gold surface of the cup make for a remarkable work of art that has miraculously survived destruction or melting down for reuse.


  Cup with Fish-Shaped Handles
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