A rhinoceros horn 'lingzhi and bamboo' libation cup, 17th century

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Lot 309. A rhinoceros horn 'lingzhi and bamboo' libation cup, 17th century, 14.1cm (5 1/2in). Estimate £10,000 - 15,000 (€12,000 - 18,000). Photo: Bonhams.

Naturalistically carved in the form of a large lingzhi fungus detailed with swirls, the exterior exquisitely carved in relief with pointed bamboo leaves issued from a robust bamboo stalk handle, intertwined with smaller lingzhi fungi issuing from slender sprigs forming the second handle, extending to the underside to form the supporting foot ring, the horn of an attractive amber tone and darker on the underside.

Provenance:  an English private collection, acquired prior to the 1970s, and thence by descent

Bonhams. FINE CHINESE ART, 11 May 2017, 11:00 BST, LONDON, NEW BOND STREET