The combination of archaistic decoration and numerous high relief chilong appears to have been popular with carvers of rhinoceros horn cups. It is the contrast of the sinuous bodies and muscular movement of the dragons to the underlying formalised design of the archaistic bands that provides an attractive overall design most suited to complement the elegant shape of the cup.
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. A similar archaistic cup, also with a raised base, from the Songzhutang Collection, was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, Important Chinese Rhinoceros Horn Carvings from the Songzhutang Collection, 27 May 2008, lot 1723.