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cup with decorative lid
  • Liberia
  • cup with decorative lid, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Liberia
  • metal, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 19.5 x 12 x 9 cm height includes lid; width includes handles
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 5/8 x 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 in height includes lid; width includes handles
  • Gift of C. Susan Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1273.a,b

This is a gold colored circular cup (2007.1273.a) on a raised foot, created from two rows of circles of gold colored wire. A handle on either side of the cup is created by a row of circles flanked with a thick wire. There are three panels on the cup itself, separated by twisted wire, each has a decoration: a circle, a backward "s" and a nail. The surface has bands of incised triangles and crosshatching.

The gold-colored lid (2007.1273.b) is a flat circle, with a band of twisted gold colored wire on the edge, topped with a scene of five human figures. The largest, central figure is seated on a chair under an umbrella. The front figure holds a sword. The figure on the left holds a flute. The figure on the right holds a shield. The figure in back holds the umbrella.