Jade vessels of this type have been dated from the Song to the Ming dynasty and appear to be based on Han dynasty prototypes such as the jade rhyton from the tomb of the King of Nanyue at Canton illustrated by Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, The British Museum, 1995, p. 70, fig. 61. The bifurcated tail or mane seen on the Nanyue cup carried through into the later archaistic interpretations, which also included bands of archaistic scrolls and usually the addition of Han style chi dragons, as seen on the present rhyton. Compare the similar jade rhyton from the collection of Mr. H.F. Parfitt, included in the O.C.S. exhibition, Chinese Jades, London, 1948, pl. VII, no. 118, which was dated Song.