(Chinese, c. 1300-aft 1362)
Hammered silver soldered together, with chased decoration
Overall: 16 cm (6 5/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1977.7
The traditional understanding of the silver vessel 's function is that it was supposed to hold wine.
This rare silver cup is dated, inscribed, and impressed with a seal of the famous silversmith Zhu Bishan. Shaped like a hollow log, the cup can be filled through its upturned tip. The cup has an inscription on its back that alludes to a story of an immortal riding down a river. According to the story, the man lost his way and ended up in the Milky Way galaxy. He was temporarily transformed into a star, and met with the Weaving Maid, another star. The figure, in fact, holds a tablet labeled "loom-supporting stone, " a token of his encounter with the Weaving Maid.
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