(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
Those who drink from the cup see straight into the immortal’s eyes.
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.
The traditional understanding of the silver vessel 's function is that it was supposed to hold wine.
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