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cup

Date: 1816-1817

Media: oak, sterling silver

Size: diam(cm) rim : 16.8 x diam(in) rim : 6 5/8 x h(cm)

Acquired: 2008; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 51668

The ceubren yr ellyll (hollow tree of the demon) grew at Tynyllyn on the Vaughan estate. According to legend Hywel Sele, 8th lord of Nannau, attacked his cousin Owain Glyndwr during a hunting exhibition, but was killed by him. Glyndwr then hid the body in the hollow tree, where it remained undiscovered for forty years. After the tree was blown down in a storm in 1813, Sir Robert Williams Vaughan had a number of artefacts made from it, including this cup.

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