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Tri-coloured Cup in Shape of an Elephant Head
 

Tang Dynasty

Height: 6.7cm   Length: 10.5cm 

Unearthed from the southern suburbs of Xi'an City in 1957

The tricolor glazed pottery cup in the shape of an elephant head with a proboscis handle resembles a rhyton. Following the style of gold-and-silver making of the Persian Sassanian Empire, it presents evidence of cultural exchanges between Tang and western countries.