A rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century
Lot 435Y
A rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century
Sold for £51,650 (US$ 80,243) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th century
A rhinoceros horn libation cup
17th/18th century
Of lobed oval shallow form, carved around the body with a band of crisp shallow-relief taotie masks, the plain loop handle surrounded by four small coiling dragons clambering over the rim.
14cm (5½in) long

Footnotes

  • Provenance: acquired in China in the late 19th century
    Given to the mother-in-law of the present owner
    A Scottish private collection

    This elegant cup derives from an archaic bronze form, and this archaisim is echoed in the taotie masks and leiwen border. An early example of this type of cup from the 16th century is illustrated by T.Fok, Connoisseurship of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, Hong Kong, 1999, no.2.

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