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Water dropper: O.8-1938

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Maker(s)

Unknown (Carver)

Description

Pale green jade with areas of brownish skin. The creature has a square open jaw displaying teeth and fangs. Wings extend from the four legs and the horn is incised with the Chinese character wang, king. A hole was drilled in the middle of its back and a jade Cong, tube with a lid was installed, function unknown. Wing-like extensions in relief incised on the underside. More unusual is the presence genital features, which are also incised with low relief

Notes

History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Cecil E Byas

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.6 cm
Length: 12.7 cm

Relative size of this object

12.7 cm7.6 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1938) by Byas, Cecil E.

Dating

1700 CE - 1800 CE

Materials used in production

Nephrite

Techniques used in production

Incising Bas-relief

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: O.8-1938
Primary reference Number: 138382
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 27 March 2019 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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