Ayers and Rawson, Chinese Jade throughout the Ages (Victoria & Albert Museum 01/01/1975-31/12/1975)
Bluett and Sons Ltd. Early Chinese Art, Cunliffe Collection, London, 1973, No. 97, pl. XX.
China, room 44
Cunliffe collection, Garner collection previously on loan to V&A
Western Han dynasty (206-25 BC)
Winged cups are also called 'ear cups'. They are usually made of lacquered wood. A jade version would have been much more expensive and rare.
Carved nephrite jade
Museum no. FE.3-1985
From the Garner collection 
Worked into very thin and finely carved form, plain oval cup with two flange handles and oval ring foot. Translucent olive-green jade with slight white mottling, burial encrustations inside and reddish encrustations round foot and beneath handles. On the foot are lighter crossed lines caused by staining from cords, and the character mu (wood) in raised relief. This form of 'eared' cup, or 'flanged', 'winged', is also found in painted lacquer and in pottery.
Cup cleaned and conserved 1990. Has talc inclusions in the stone, which can be seen in the browner areas of the cup.
This oval cup has two flanged handles and is sometimes called a 'winged cup' or an 'ear cup'. It was a common form of dining vessel in the Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220), used to contain either food or wine. Most winged cups were made of lacquer. A jade version is very rare.