02 juin 2010

A rare and superbly carved 'Orchid Pavilion' rhinoceros horn libation cup. Ming dynasty, early 17th century

A rare and superbly carved 'Orchid Pavilion' rhinoceros horn libation cup. Ming dynasty, early 17th century. photo Sotheby's The sides crisply carved in high relief with a continuous scene from 'Preface to the Scholarly Gathering at the Orchid Pavilion', depicting four scholars seated reading books and drinking wine beneath pine and wutong trees by the banks of a swirling river accompanied by attendants carefully floating cups of wine on the currents, the scene continuing to the reverse with two further scholars writing,... [Lire la suite]