A fine and rare carved rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th Century

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Lot 5065
A fine and rare carved rhinoceros horn libation cup
17th/18th Century

Sold for US$ 386,000 inc. premium
A fine and rare carved rhinoceros horn libation cup
17th/18th Century
Superbly carved in the form of an archaic bronze wine cup (jue), carved from one piece supported on three flared feet carved as the tongue and mask of mythical beasts setting off the flared body finely rendered in low relief with two body bands of decoration, the lower carved in sections with double-headed chilong, the upper with a fabulous split-tailed mythical bird, the bands heightened by a vertical flange at the pouring end and a dynamic beast and bird-form handle at the other under a zoomorphic doubled-banded crest, the horn a honey-amber color extending to rich brown at the flared feet.
5 1/4in (13.3cm) high

Footnotes

  • Libation cups of jue form and with this quality of carving are exceedlingly rare. See Fok, Thomas. Connoisseurship of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China. Hong Kong: Tai Yip, 1999, no. 8 dated to the late 17th century, and no. 36 in the collection of the Harvard University Art Museum, dated 18th century. See also one in the Qing court collection (no. 124) dated to the late Ming Period, vol. 44 of Gugong Bowuguancang wenwu chenping chuanji, Beijing, Commercial Press, 2002.
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A fine and rare carved rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th Century
A fine and rare carved rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th Century
A fine and rare carved rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th Century
A fine and rare carved rhinoceros horn libation cup 17th/18th Century
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