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Handled cup
13th-16th centuries

Song to Ming dynasty

Jade
H: 4.8 W: 12.0 D: 7.0 cm
China

Gift of Arthur M. Sackler S1987.27

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The almost timeless style of this cup makes it difficult to date. The decorative motifs of horned-animal masks, modeled in low relief on the upper sides of the handles, impart an archaistic flavor to the flower-shaped cup. That approach to decoration was prized in both the Song (960-1279) and theMing (1368-1644) dynasties.