Cup, cover and saucer
Date Made/Found: 1870-1899
Material and Medium: Silver,
Dimensions: Overall (Cup and cover): 100 × 115mm (3 15/16 × 4 1/2in.)
Overall (Saucer): 5 × 174mm (3/16 × 6 7/8in.)
Department: Decorative Art
This is a cup with a flat saucer and cover, made in Hyderabad in India in the late 1800s.
This cup, along with several other artefacts, was purchased at the Colonial and Indian Exhibition of 1886. With assistance from the South Kensington Museum (now the V&A), Sheffield Museum was able to acquire a number of pieces to illustrate the finest metalworking from beyond Europe. This vase was made in India whilst under British rule. It was probably made for the exhibition as an example piece.
The cover of the cup is surmounted by a round knob. The surface of the metal is inlaid with silver, a style known as Bidriware. Bidriware is a much prized handicraft in India, associated with wealth and much exported as an example of Indian craft and culture.