London, South Kensington
4 October 1999
A Honey and Green Agate Half Bottle
Of rounded rectangular shape, cleverly carved in high relief through a dark green skin with a cricket on a beet near lotus, below a cricket cage, mostly carved in the plain stone but the neck cleverly utilising the green skin, the reverse side missing but revealing the well hollowed interior, stopper
2.13/16in. (7.2cm.) high
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For a similar bottle see Rachelle R. Holden, Rivers and Mountains Far from the World, Hong Kong, 1994, pp. 118-119, no. 46.
The words for cricket, jin zhong or guo guo, can have the meaning, 'to be loyal to one's country'
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