Two-Handled Cup

Two-Handled Cup

1677

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Silver and silver gilt

Overall: 17.2 x 11.5 cm (6 3/4 x 4 1/2 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Eugene R. Miles in honor of William Mathewson Milliken in appreciation of his interests in Cleveland artists 1958.422.a

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This two-handled cup is accompanied by a lid. See cover record.

Description

Due to its size and ornament, this vessel may have functioned as a caudle-cup, containing a mixture of ale or wine and bread, oatmeal, eggs, sugar, and spices that was given to women after childbirth to help them regain their strength. The scrolling foliage and exotic birds along the exterior of this cup were likely based on prints circulating in the 1600s. The reclining female figures capping the handles and the acanthus bud finial on the accompanying lid recall common architectural motifs.

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