• Lot 231

    RARE COUPE LIBATOIRE EN CORNE DE RHINOCEROS SCULPTEE

    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, XVIIEME SIECLE

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    RARE COUPE LIBATOIRE EN CORNE DE RHINOCEROS SCULPTEE
    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, XVIIEME SIECLE
    Très finement sculptée, à l'extérieur d'un décor de rivières, une barque occupée par deux personnages naviguant sur l'une d'elles, les berges rocailleuses agrémentées de pavillons et arbres, un daim couché sur une rive, au-dessus de lui deux singes, l'un perché sur une branche de grenadier, l'autre tentant d'attraper des pêches, ces dernières poussant sur les rameaux feuillagés de deux arbres tortueux formant anses
    Hauteur: 7,7 cm. (3 in.), Longueur: 16,3 cm. (6 3/8 in.)


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    The present lot is very unusual. It is indeed quite rare to find the well-known Daoist legend of a mischievous monkey stealing a peach of longevity from the vast peach orchard owned by Xiwangmu, carved on rhinoceros horn libation cups.
    Compare the rhinoceros horn cup carved with similar monkeys and rocks in the collection of the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art illustrated by J. Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, London 1999, p.182, no.241, where the author suggests that the monkeys depicted might represent gibbons, which were a popular subject in Chinese art.
    See another rhinoceros horn libation cup decorated with monkeys leaping atop rocks, sold in our New York Rooms, 19 September 2006, lot 47.

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    Post Lot Text

    A RARE CARVED RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP
    CHINA, QING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY