The compartments created by the interlacing bands contain tiny figures of humans and animals. These represent the 12 signs of the zodiac whose signs spring from astrology-the practice of interpreting the influence of planets and stars on earthly affairs.

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The Wade Cup with Animated Script, 1200-1221

brass inlaid with silver, Diameter: w. 16.10 cm (6 5/16 inches); Overall: h. 11.50 cm (4 1/2 inches). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1944.485

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