Princess Ljubica's cup

  • Era/Century: 19th
  • Dating: first half of the 19th century
  • Material: porcelain
  • Technique: gilding, enamel, grinding
  • Dimensions: height 13 cm
  • Diameter: 5,8 cm
  • ID Number: UPE 279
  • Property: Belgrade City Museum
  • On Display: The Residence of Princess Ljubica

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The cup was made of faceted crystal and decorated with three medallions with various scenes and inscriptions in Russian rendered in enamel and gilding. One of them shows an angel with a wreath in the hand and the inscription "Her Ladyship Princess Ljubica"; the other features Serbia's coat of arms with the inscription "Serbia"; the third shows a two-headed eagle with the text "The Empire established by Nemanja", alluding to the glorious past and the claims of the Serbs to their lands dating back to the Middle Ages and the Nemanjić dynasty.

The inscriptions indicate that the cup was manufactured in Russia as a gift to Princess Ljubica.


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