28 March 2008

Cup of Friendship


This cup is spun in pewter with a highly polished finish. It features a Celtic scroll design on its handles and has a Celtic braid design around its body. The centre of the bowl is usually decorated with a silver coin or an engraved disc or print, with coat-of-arms, initials, motto or familiar phrase such as 'drink up'. This Scottish drinking vessel, traditionally made of wood was used to carry whisky, brandy or ale to the Highlands and Islands. Over the years, it has been made in stone, horn, brass, pewter, silver and gold. It is said that water drunk from a silver quaich tastes crisp due to the clearing effect of silver.



Cup of Friendship - entry to Click event
We received this Scottish Cup of Friendship also known as quaiche or quaich as a wedding gift. The Quaich (pronounced "quake" from the Gaelic word "cauch") has a rich heritage in Scotland. It was a custom to offer a welcome or farewell drink, usually whisky, in a quaich to a guest. The guest reciprocates the gesture by drinking the whisky from the quaich and thus expressing his bond of friendship to the host. At parties and clan gatherings, large quaichs filled with whisky were passed around the company from person to person. The two-handed design of this drinking vessel incorporates trust, on the part of both giver and receiver. The quaich is used as a favour at many Scottish weddings, being presented to all at the top table, at christenings to celebrate the new life or gifted to friends as a symbol of friendship. The quaich's simple, yet beautiful, form has ensured its longevity as a vessel offering kinship and love, from the humble Highland crofter, through proud Clan Chiefs to the Kings of Scotland. The quaich's unique history is often shrouded in myth and mystery. It has a special place in the heart of all who know something of its history and is a prized possession of many people who have family links, or other associations with Scotland. Source here.


The second picture is my entry to Click - hosted by Jai and Bee at Jugalbandi.

20 comments:

bee said...

whoa!! gorgeous new template, and lovely CLICK entry. thank you.

Kalai said...

Wonderful entry for click!! :)

sra said...

That's an interesting read, Jyothsna!

Lavi said...

Superb Click..reflection of those pearls are intresting..

Template seems to be magic..nice one.

Rachel said...

Very interesting entry!

Sia said...

wow, thats one interesting read and beautiful entry jyo:)

smn said...

beautiful entry for click and nice write up

shriya said...

The template is amazing simply superb. Love the pic in the background. And coming to the click entry, what is that ? Thats one beauty cup, its gorgeous. the pearls around the cup thats lovely am speechless.

Cham said...

Beautiful entry , the reflection is perfect

Dee said...

Looks lovely jyotsna!!

Dhivya said...

lovely click

Uma said...

the bowl looks so good. Lovely click.

TBC said...

Beautiful!

Superchef said...

absolutely gorgeous..both the template and the entry!!

Cynthia said...

I LOVE this template. Love it alot! And the cup is outstanding!

Long time no hear. Hope you are doing well.

mathew said...

am actually wondering how do we drink whisky from it..hehehe..
looks very precious and excellent snap!!

Sandeepa said...

That is a beautiful piece

Susan from Food Blogga said...

That is so beautiful.

Jyothsna said...


Everyone - Thanks for your words!

rosy said...

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