cup (food service)

Bamboo mug with cane loop side handle. Made of a bamboo tube, cut so that the nodule forms the base of the mug, which is cut flat so that it stands by itself. The top is cut at an angle, and the lower side has a cane handle attached about 4cm below the top. The handle is a long strip of cane attached through a hole at the base, and tied on with thin cane strips through the side higher up to form a cup handle loop.
The outside of the mug is decorated with a black design painted on in three bands. The largest main band, from the top of the handle to the base, consists of a pattern of two upright `V’ shapes with two inverted `V’ shapes: these interlock with the extended arm of the `V’ curving over and down. One upright `V’ aligned with the handle and one opposite at the front. On either side of each `V’ point is a vertical dotted line, with a small `v’ at one end and an extended `v’, like an inverted `w’ at the other end. At one point at the top of this band, two thin lines making a curve V shape with short lines projecting downward. Above this is a narrow band of a zig-zag line (or a series of Vs) with the points of each V connected top and bottom to a broader black line around the vessel. The top band consists of four sets each of of five or six narrow elongated triangles.

Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be errors. This part of the website is also still under construction, so there may be some fields repeated or incorrectly formatted information.

The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.

If you have any further information about objects in our collections or can suggest corrections to our information, please contact us: enquiry@horniman.ac.uk