A pale green jade rhyton cup 18th century
Lot 14*
A pale green jade rhyton cup
18th century
£10,000 - 15,000
US$ 13,000 - 19,000

Lot Details
A pale green jade rhyton cup 18th century
A pale green jade rhyton cup
18th century
The well-hollowed vessel issuing from the mouth of an intricately-carved makara dragon with a chilong clambering up over the rim incised with a band of archaistic scrolls on the body, with a vase to one side, the two vessels joined by a phoenix standing on high-relief scrolling clouds and biting a ruyi spray, the stone of pale green tone with russet inclusions, wood stand.
16.5cm (6½in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Spink & Son Ltd., London, 10 October 1981

    十八世紀 青玉雕螭龍觥式杯連瓶

    來源: 於1981年10月10日購自倫敦Spink & Son Ltd.

    According to Buddhist legend, the makara was originally a whale that saved the lives of five hundred drowning merchants at sea, and then sacrificed itself by providing its own body for food to feed the victims. Because of its compassion and sacrifice, both important virtues in Buddhist philosophy, the whale was then immortalised and transformed into a makara, characterised by the head of a dragon upon the body of a whale with wings and a pearl by its side.
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