• Lot 280

    COUPE LIBATOIRE EN CORNE DE RHINOCEROS

    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING (1644-1911)

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    COUPE LIBATOIRE EN CORNE DE RHINOCEROS
    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING (1644-1911)
    La corne délicatement polie et laissée sans décor sculpté, le dessous du bec rehaussé d'un poème inscrit en caractères chinois et signé du onzième fils de l'Empereur Qianlong, Yongxing (1752-1823) ; petit accident à la bordure
    Hauteur: 32 cm. (12½ in.)


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    The inscription is signed by Yongxing (1752-1823), the 11th son of Emperor Qianlong.
    It says that the skill of sculpture on rhinoceros horn is a reproduction of Ming Dynasty style.
    A comparison is made between the natural growth lines of the rhino horn and the graceful white clouds in the sky.
    It is also noted that something which is so natural in original form can be carved and made for use as utensils in the palace.
    It says that ancient people used the burning rhinoceros horn to discern or understand apparition. While in Ming Dynasty, lieges presented the horn to the emperor to assist or enhance the emperor's perceptivity as well as to ward off evil spirits and the devil. The emperor could burn the horn to feel enlightened when making decision concerning the state, as well as to inspire him and clear his brain.

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    AN INSCRIBED RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP
    CHINA, QING DYNASTY (1644-1911)