Gem-inlaid peach-shaped gold cup

Ming Dynasty
Height: 4.4 cm, Length: 6.8 cm, Width: 5.2 cm
Unearthed from the tomb of Wan Tong in Nannyuan outside the Yongdingmen Gate in Beijing

The cup is shaped like a half peach, with the handle shaped like the branch and leaves. The interior and the handle are inlaid with rubies and sapphires. For making the cup, molding, welding and inlay techniques were all used. It is well designed and exquisitely wrought, resembling a real peach. The rich colors of rubies, sapphires and gold add profusion and elegance to the already monotonous plain article.