Object ID
Object Name
Date Created
circa 1400
Metal; Plastic
Object Entities
Nikitas, Callie (collected by)
Object Description
Gold metal cup with handle and 4" plastic stand. Reproduction of 15th century "Creto-Mycenean goldsmith's cup," original in National Archaeological Museum in Athens. Raised design of animals (bulls), trees, and male figure (specifically a group of men capturing a bull using a rope net) on cup's face. Cup's interior is smooth.
This cup is a replica of one of the two cups found together with other precious objects in the Vapheio tholos tomb.

On the first cup a bull is captured by peaceful means: a man ties a rope around the bull's leg, while the animal mates with a cow; three grazing bulls complete the composition.

The second cup (the one that has been replicated here) shows one bull caught in a net while another attacks two hunters as a third hunter flees. Both cups were probably made by the same craftsman, although the first cup is more carefully executed.
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Cup, circa 1400, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/5984. Accessed 04/14/24.