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A carved rhinoceros horn libation cup. 17th/18th Century

Carved and undercut as a tree stump supporting a pair of phoenix birds with clusters of bamboo and lingzhi shading swimming ducks, the interior carved as a six petal flower, the honey-colored horn highly polished. 9cm (3 1/4in) high, 15.5cm (6 1/8in) long. Sold for HK$168,000.

Footnote: 十七/十八世紀 犀角鳳凰鴛鴦盃

Bonhams. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 4 Dec 2008. Hong Kong.  Copyright © 2002-2008 Bonhams 1793 Ltd., Images and Text All Rights Reserved. www.bonhams.com