14 décembre 2010

Five rhinoceros horn libation cup @ Bonhams

A fine and rare carved rhinoceros horn libation cup. 17th-18th Century. photo Bonhams 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... [Lire la suite]