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Agate Ox-head-shaped Cup with Gold Mouth
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The object is carved in round with red agate bearing entwining linear patterns. The vivid head suggests a running ox-like animal. The animal's mouth is mounted with gold, forming a sharp contrast with the agate. Its unique shape and excellent craftsmanship indicate that it originated in the remote Parthia, an ancient empire in Middle Asia, Northeastern Iran.

History of the Object
In October 1970, a hoard of around 1000 silver and gold objects, as well as jade and other precious stones called the Hejiacun Hoard was discovered during an infrastructure construction at Hejiacun Village in the southern suburbs of Xi’an, where the Xinghua Workshop of Chang'an during the Tang Dynasty had been located.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Agate 
Measurements
Width 5.6 cm. Height 6.5 cm. Length 15.6 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Parthia 
Geography
Iran 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
7th Century - 10th Century; Tang Dynasty (618-907) 
Function
cup 
Acquisition
Excavated in 1970 from a Tang Dynasty hoard, Hejiacun, Xi'an City. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
 
Museum
Shaanxi History Museum 
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