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Title: A Bronze Cup in the Allard Pierson Museum
Author(s): BRIJDER, H.A.G. , STIBBE, C.M.
Volume: 72 Date: 1997
A remarkably well preserved bronze cup has recently been acquired, together with a bronze spoon, by the Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam (inv. nos. 13.344, 13.345).Technological research shows that the cup’s handles and foot have not, in the usual manner, been soldered onto the bowl but that a ‘packing’ of almost pure tin was used for their attachment by means of silver rivets. The questions of where and when the Amsterdam cup could have been made are explored below. For this purpose it is compared to other stemmed metal cups: a bronze example in Nicosia and two silver cups recently excavated at Vani and Sairkhe, in Georgia, to which Michael Vickers drew our attention. Parallels can also be cited among fictile cups made in Attica (lip-cups) and Laconia. The Amsterdam cup’s place of manufacture cannot be determined, however. Perhaps, to adopt Vickers’ words, it can be best regarded as belonging to ‘an international style of silverware’.