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Wing cup

Wing cup

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    25-220 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with lead glaze

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs B.Z. Seligman

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 12

This oval cup has two flanged handles and is sometimes called a 'winged cup' or an 'ear cup'. It was a common form of dining vessel in the Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220), used to contain either food or wine. Most winged cups were made of lacquer. This earthenware version was made for burial, not daily use.

Physical description

Winged cup, earthenware with green lead glaze

Place of Origin

China (made)


25-220 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with lead glaze


Length: 9.2 cm

Descriptive line

Wing cup, earthenware with green lead glaze, 25-220, China

Labels and date

Winged cup
Eastern Han dynasty
AD 25-220

Earthenware with green lead glaze

Mrs B.Z. Seligman Bequest
Museum no. FE.150-1974 [2007]


Earthenware; Lead glaze




East Asia Collection

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