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Acquired with the assistance of the V&A Purchase Grant Fund
goblet
Date Made/Found: 1870-1886
Material and Medium: silver, gilt
Dimensions: Overall: 174 x 91mm (6 7/8 x 3 9/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L86.67
This is a silver goblet, made in Burma (Myanmar) in the late 1800s. This goblet, 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 goblet is made of silver, with the top gilded (coated with a thin layer of gold). There is an ornamentation of scallop shells at the top and fern leaves at the bottom. The stem and base are chased and the body is chased with detailed repeating patterns. Chasing is a metalworking technique where a raised design is created by careful hammering from the front.
Display Location: In Store
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