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libation cup

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Title libation cup
Collection Artworld: Oriental Museum
Date 17th century CE
Description Dark brown rhinoceros horn libation cup, carved in high relief. The exterior is carved with six four-clawed dragons among billowing clouds and the interior is carved with a four-clawed dragon in the centre.
Cultural Context Chinese
Id Number Current Accession L.2001.D32
Id Number Former Accession D32
Location Creation Site Zhonghua
Location Current Repository The Oriental Museum
Subject receptacle/vessel, cup
Measurements 166 x 89 x 109 mm
Context The dragon is one of China's most complex symbols. It is an auspicious and admired creature and the symbol of the emperor. They are often depicted in the clouds with a ball or pearl (thunder) and this causes rain to fall.
Context Source OMDB
Rights Oriental Museum, University of Durham, Durham, 2002. All Rights reserved
Rights Owner OM
Style Period Qing Dynasty
Work Type vessel



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