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    Sale 2389

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1855

    A RARE RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP

    Price Realised  

    A RARE RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP
    KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)

    Finely carved in relief to the interior with an elongated carp detailed with whiskers and large fins extending upward towards the rim, the exterior with two sinuous horned dragons coiled around the cup weaving in and out of the swirling waves
    5 in. (12.5 cm.) wide, wood stand


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    This unusual cup carved with a carp which transforms to a dragon once it has made its way over the rim is in reference to the carp reaching the upper courses of the Yellow River and leaping up the rapids at Dragon Gate where it transforms into a dragon. This feat is compared to success in the state examinations and the transformation from carp to dragon symbolises promotion to the position of an official.

    Provenance

    A French private collector