502: Fine Carved & Rare Rhino Horn Libation Cup 17th C
Rhinoceros horn of gently flaring form carved as a wooded jungle and rendered in high relief to depict a continuous scene of a finely relief carved village depicting trees, people working and resting along the base you will find the wagon, pagodas, clouds, and rock formations. One side depicting the scholars climbing the side of rock mountain with many types of trees, the tree detail with gnarled roots and a fine detail of branches and leaves, its leafy branches spreading along the rim and then over edge into the interior. The other side with the family at the base and beside a tall leafy and flowering peony tree growing amongst rock. The horn of an attractive light brown tone. Includes fitted reticulated wood hand carved base. Masterfully carved throughout. Truly one of the market's finest horn libation cups. 17th/18th century. Measures 4" height x 5 1/4" length x 3 1/4" depth + 3" base height (10.1cm x 13.3cm x 8.2cm + 7.6cm). Total horn weight of 333 grams.