MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY
HEIGHT (EXCLUDING STAND): 16.2CM; WEIGHT: 226G
The rhinoceros horn is boldly carved in openwork in the shape of a large lotus leaf tied together with a leafy branch issuing lychees, magnolia branches and millet around the exterior. The cup is resting on a deeply patinated bamboo stand carved conformingly. The horn is well patinated to a rich brown colour.
A similar rhinoceros horn carving is published in 中国竹木牙角器全集4：牙角器 Zhongguo zhumu yajiao qiquan ji Volume 4: Ivory and Rhino Horn, 2009, p. 286, Catalogue No. 254.
Lynn Museum, Lynn, Massachusetts, USA, donated by Walter O. Faulkner in 1942 Walter O. Faulkner Collection, acquired on or before 1936