Historical period(s)
Southern Song to Ming dynasty, 13th-16th centuries
H x W x D: 4.8 x 12 x 7 cm (1 7/8 x 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Jade, Vessel


China, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), Song dynasty (960 - 1279), WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

The almost timeless style of this cup makes it difficult to date. The decorative motifs of horned-animal masks, modeled in low relief on the upper sides of the handles, impart an archaistic flavor to the flower-shaped cup. That approach to decoration was prized in both the Song (960-1279) and theMing (1368-1644) dynasties.

Published References
  • Jean-Pierre Dubosc. Mostra d'arte Cinese: Catalogo. Exh. cat. Venice. cat. 224.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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