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A Ming carved rhinoceros horn libation cup - LM.65
Origin: China
Circa: 1368 AD to 1644 AD
Dimensions: 7" (17.8cm) high x 3.25" (8.3cm) wide
Collection: Chinese Art
Style: Ming

Location: Great Britain
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Carved to the exterior with clambering chilongs, the horn of a dark amber tone The generously sized dark amber-coloured horn cup with an elegantly proportioned tapering body is finely carved in high relief around the mid- section with the form of an irregularly shaped prunus trunk, with gnarled knots on whose branches three chilongs are seen playfully climbing. Another pair of chilongs, one in descent, the other in ascent with its head peering over the rim on the interior of the spout beneath the rim The material of a rich deep amber tone darkening to chestnut at the core, the carving in varying levels of relief itself is deep and bold with an impressive three-dimensionality to the composition. - (LM.65)


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