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Vessel: O.82-1946

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Current Location: In storage


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Pale green jade with brown areas in the form of the traditional horn-shaped rhyton used in China. The main body of this vessel is carved with a dragon in low relief a geometric background and the handle is decorated with the dragon’s tail. The top surface of this vessel decorated with seven archaic tao tie faces. The edge of the inside is carved with an inscription by the Qianlong Emperor, “Jade of He Tian was produced in the Yu River. The Mohammedans fished it out and paid it as tribute. There are places which cannot be reached; they are secluded and muddy for years. Jade by chance found there is like a precious gem and even surpasses the Han jade in comparison. It was not given to a common workman to engrave a new design but is decorated with a dragon’s tail cut and polished which differs not from that on a Han piece. High officials should write poems about it like bowl and ink stones. It does not contain Ling Lu for warning against good wine but will look lovely holding flowers which move to and fro like dancing. The thing has been made so as to bring out the quality of the material. Can we employ man in a like manner? Written by the Emperor Qian Long in the 2nd moon of the cyclical year Ding Wei (1787)


History note: Sir Percival David bought it from the Palace Treasure in 1929. Given by Sir Percival David, Dec. 1931

Legal notes

Oscar C. Raphael Bequest, 1941, received 1946

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.5 cm
Width: 15.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1941) by Raphael, Oscar C.

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Accession number: O.82-1946
Primary reference Number: 138385
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 17 January 2024 Last processed: Wednesday 17 January 2024

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

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