A copper alloy cup with pastoral scenes
India, 2nd century BCE-1st century CE
With a flared lip above the central band between striped and swirling linear borders, depicting a pastoral scene populated by enshrined trees, butting stags, galavanting horses, an ox-driven plough, a man battling a lion with a shield and club (possibly Herakles), a peacock, and a procession of human figures including an ascetic holding a staff, leading counter-clockwise to a central, frontally facing female figure flanked by two attendants, the one on the left presenting a cup and holding a water vessel, and two elephants raising their trunks to form an arc above her and, therefore, possibly suggesting a rare and early representation of Gajalakshmi.
2.5 in. (6.3 cm) high; 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diameter