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'Rhinoceros horn' cup with a deer
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'Rhinoceros horn' cup with a deer

Author: Unknown
Year: 1650
Description: Mid-17th century
Dehua, Fujian province, China
L13.0 x W9.2 x H6.5 cm
2000-03446 NHB Collections Gift of Frank and Pamela Hickley
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore
This ovoid, flaring cup imitates a rhino horn and features a more refined glaze than earlier Ming pieces. Rhinoceros cups were made by pressing clay into a mould after which a foot ring is applied. To the side of the cups, moulded appliqués of animal and plant forms are then added. The rhinoceros horn was an exotic import from Southeast Asia believed to have medicinal values. Rhino horn cups are also called libation cups and may have been used as wedding cups.<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
Subject: Culture
Species: Asian Rhino Species
File Size: 9,1 kb
Dimensions: 300x300 px
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