China, Tang Dynasty (618-906). Grey and green patinated plated bronze. Straight form on three short legs. The body with two borders finely decorated with various animals among waves and separated by slightly raised horizontal bands with incised ornaments. In the middle of the upper decoration border a ring handle with characteristic loop. The cup covered by a domed lid with corresponding decoration and three vivid rings atop. H. 10,5 cm. - Ritual bronzes of this form were already made in the Warring States Period (475-221 BC) and used as wine cups. Compare to a bronze vessel in the catalogue of the Musée des Arts Asiatiques Guimet: Trésors de la Chine ancienne, Paris, 2013, p. 178, pic. 113. - Prov.: from an old Swedish collection.