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  • Era/Century: Middle Ages
  • Site: unknown
  • Dating: 14th-15th century
  • Material: silver
  • Technique: casting, gilding, incising, repoussé, silver gilding
  • ID Number: AS 2016
  • Property: Belgrade City Museum
  • On Display: No

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On the bottom of this cup with a flower-shaped recipient is a round medallion with the motif of the eight-armed foliate cross. The massive handle is decorated with incised tendrils and with a globular pellet at the junction with the rim.

The cup has no analogies in the Serbian medieval heritage and it is exceptional in its splendid fusion of Eastern forms and the early medieval pottery decoration. It reflects the superb craftsmanship of Byzantine carvers and jewellers of the 10th – 12th centuries.

Such a harmonious blend of archaic forms and decoration known in other materials could have been produced in the 14th century only by a few Byzantine workshops in Constantinople or Thesaloniki, which made precious objects for special purposes. It is even possible that this luxurious cup was used at the court of Despot Stefan Lazarević in the first quarter of the 14th century.


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