The combination of archaistic decoration and numerous high relief chilong appears to have been popular with carvers of rhinoceros horn cups. It was the contrast of the sinuous bodies and muscular movement of the dragons to the underlying formalized design of the archaistic bands that made it so attractive to their imaginations and talents.
Several cups of this type of decoration are illustrated by T. Fok, Connoisseurship of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, 1999, nos. 4, 9, 15, 19, 20, 22, 26 and 41. Another from the collection of the late Dr. Ip Yee is illustrated by J. Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, London, 1999, p. 130, no. 135. A very similar cup without the tall splayed base and lacking the additional carved band to the upper body was sold at Christie's New York, 19 Spetember 2007, lot 9.