17 September 2008
**A RHINOCEROS HORN LIBATION CUP
Of flared form, deeply carved on the exterior with plum blossoms, pine boughs and bamboo forming the 'Three Friends of Winter,' issuing from twisted branches forming the base and handle
5 in. (12.7 cm.) long
Christie's, London, 7 November 2006, lot 46.
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The decoration on this rhinoceros horn libation cup, pine, prunus and bamboo, known as the 'Three Friends of Winter', symbolizes the strength, purity and uprightness of the cultivated gentleman, and is a common decoration found in Chinese art.
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