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Jade Drinking Vessel in Rhinoceroes Horn Shape

Unknownca.205 B.C. - 24 A.D.

Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King

Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King
Guangzhou, China

The drinking vessel was carved into the shape of a rhinoceros horn with a whole piece of greenish jade. It was believed that wine cup made of rhinoceros horn could dissolve poison. Though jade was never meant to dissolve poison, the unknown artisan, with imagination and ingenuity, took advantage of the natural shape of the stone and created a consummate work of the drinking vessel.

Details

  • Title: Jade Drinking Vessel in Rhinoceroes Horn Shape
  • Date: ca.205 B.C. - 24 A.D.
  • Physical Dimensions: d18.4 cm (Complete)
  • Provenance: Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King
  • Type: Jade
  • External Link: http://www.gznywmuseum.org
  • Object type: Jade Drinking Cup
  • Craftsman: Unknown

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