Sterling Repousse Vaphio Small Cup
This Greek sterling silver repousse cup is highly detailed with a farming scene. This cup is a reproduction of the more peaceful pastoral scene on one of the cups, depicting a bull being caught by a farmer, and three bulls grazing. The Vapheio cups were excavated from the Beehive tomb near Sparta (Vapheio tholos tomb) and are two masterpieces of Creto-Mycenaean metalwork. One cup has a peaceful bucolic motif, and the other is a more violent expression of the farming motif, with a bull being captured by a net, another bull attacking two hunters, and a third hunter fleeing. This cup is small in size, making it an ideal jigger, gift for a Taurus birthday, or a first birthday or christening gift. Marked Hand Made 925, Made in Greece.
Interestingly in season five episode one of Game of Thrones, "The Wars to Come", a reproduction of the more peaceful Vaphio cup can be seen as Tyrion Lannister, newly arrived from Pentos, uses it for a drink of wine. Making this cup a fabulous gift for the Game of Thrones enthusiast!
Very good condition, with oxidation expected from age. The cup has been gently hand polished.
The cup measures 2" across the top (excluding handle), 1 1/2" across the bottom, and is 2" high. The cup holds just shy of 2 oz and weighs 66.7 grams.
Circa early to mid 20th c.
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