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Octagonal Gold Cup with Design of Musicians
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This ring-handled cup has a wide flared mouth, an arched body and a beaded ring foot. The main motive is a group of eight musicians who play various kinds of musical instruments, each of them occupies one panel with a beaded frame. Their instruments include clappers, Konghou (plucked stringed instrument), conch and flute. Some of them came from foreign regions, such as Western Liang, Goguryeo and Kucha. The dresses and adornments as well as the hair styles of the players indicate Sogdian (an ancient civilization of Iranian people) influence. Both the shape and decorative style of this cup suggest its exotic origin.

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 Changan during the Tang Dynasty had been located.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Gold 
Measurements
Width D. of rim: 7.2 cm. Height 6.4 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
7th Century - 10th Century; Tang Dynasty (618-907) 
Function
 
Acquisition
Excavated in 1970 from a Tang Dynasty hoard, Hejiacun, southern suburbs of Xi’an City. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Shaanxi History Museum 
Museum
Shaanxi History Museum 
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