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'Rhinoceros horn' cup with chess players
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'Rhinoceros horn' cup with chess players

Author: Unknown
Year: 1650
Description: Mid 17th century
Dehua, Fujian province, China
L14.5 x W10.8 x H11.0 cm
2000-03352 NHB Collections Gift of Frank and Pamela Hickley
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore
This 'rhinoceros horn' cup has a cold white glaze and narrative scenes. The scenes comprise applied sprig moulded elements including two figures seated between rocks playing chess under a full moon and clouds, with a single figure on the reverse. <br><br>These cups have also been referred to as ‘libation’ cups. This is a misnomer derived from the Western classical tradition of pouring vessels used for offering libations to the gods. According to an expert, these cups had a ritual use connected with weddings on the basis of an inscription on one example, but states that they were essentially decorative wares.<br><br>Dehua, located on the southeast coast of Fujian province, is well known for its production of white porcelain, known to Europeans as 'blanc de Chine'. The earliest Dehua porcelain was produced as early as the 14th century but the production and quality of these porcelain peaked around the 17th and 18th centuries.
Location: Asia - East Asia - China
Subject: Culture
Species: All Rhino Species
File Size: 9,8 kb
Dimensions: 300x300 px
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