The original inventor of the drinking cup is not known, as the drinking cup existed before recorded history. For early cultures, the drinking cup would have been a vast improvement over drinking liquids with cupped hands.
Multiple examples of drinking cups have been found dating in very early history. Prehistoric cups could be made from a variety of materials: hollowed out gourds, shells, animal horns, carved rocks and even skulls. More modern cups were made out of wood, paper, glass and stone. Cups have cultural significance as religious symbols and representations of achievement, or trophies. The cup as represented in tarot is said to represent emotion and intuition.