Enquiry about object: 4054

    Your First Name (required)

    Your Last Name (required)

    Your Email (required)

    Your Country (required)

    Your Message

    Silver-Gilt Ritual Wine Ewer Cups & Tray

    China or Mongolia
    late 19th century

    height of ewer: 24cm, width of ewer: 15cm, length of tray: 30.2cm, width of tray: 21.5cm, height of cups, 4cm, diameter of cups: 3.7cm, weight: 1,027g

    Available Enquire


    UK art market.

    This ritual wine or libation set is made of gilded (gold-plated) silver. It was made inn either Mongolia or China and most probably was intended for the Mongolian or Tibetan markets. Most likely it was intended for serving wine as part of a wedding ceremony. The gilding suggests that this was the intended use. It might also have been used to serve offerings.

    It comprises an oval tray, six cups, and a tall ewer. The cups are heavy in the hand and have sides decorated with lotus petal motifs.

    The tray has a plain centre and an elevated rim repoussed with Himalayan Buddhistic motifs.

    The ewer has a flared foot decorated with lotus petal serrations in keeping with similar decoration on each cup. The body has a tear-shaped cartouche on each side of the body, in relief, which is decorated with more Himalayan Buddhistic motifs. The handle has been cast as a long-nosed, stylised dragon with a makara head, and the spout emerges from the mouth of a makara. The top of the spout is inlaid with a single turquoise cabochon in a box setting. The lid is domed with more lotus petal motifs and has a ‘wish-fulfilling jewel vase’ finial.

    The underside of each cup is impressed with a Chinese mark for ‘pure silver’.

    The set is in fine condition. There is some age-related wear to the gilding here and there. There are no repairs.


    Ghose, M. (ed.), Vanishing Beauty: Asian Jewelry and Ritual Objects from the Barbara and David Kipper Collection, Art Institute of Chicago, 2016.

    Reynolds, V., Tibet: A Lost World: The Newark Museum Collection of Tibetan Art and Ethnology, The American Federation of Arts, 1978.

    Dozens of items are added to our website each month. Be among the first to know about them.
    Sign up to our monthly catalogue