RARE Antique Qing Chinese China Archaic Jade Dragon Carved Libation Cup Vessel. Today we are thrilled to offer for sale a wonderful and rare antique Chinese Qing dynasty carved jade ceremonial Archaic form libation cup! Jade has been prized in China for thousands of years because of its aesthetic beauty, social value, beauty, grace, and purity. As the Chinese saying goes: gold has a value; jade is invaluable. The offering is usually placed on the altar for a while before being offered in libation.
In more elaborate ceremonies honoring deities, the libation may be done over the burning paper offerings; whereas for the deceased, the wine is only poured from the libation cup directly onto the ground. This exquisite and rare late 19th century Qing dynasty libation cup is intricately and expertly crafted and detailed. The libation cup was wonderfully designed and hand-carved by an artist of great talent and skill; the piece is of the highest quality and features crisp and precise carved details. The handled vessel-shaped cup features an elongated body with an elevated curved spout and stands on four carved feet.The body is streamlined with a 7-level grooved curved carved motif; the upper three tiers of the grooved motif wrap around the body to frame the lower four tiers. The handle features the geometrical design of a mythological dragon with protruding ears, spine, and tail. The vessel is supported by four carved jade feet carved like small geometrical dragons. The dragon is a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it in Asian culture. The front of the cup is adorned (below the spout) with a reticulated Chinese meander border. The piece is astonishingly intact given its' age and fragility.
Libation cup presents beautifully and is in excellent pristine antique condition, with minimal (if any) display wear, and no chips or cracks or restorations. Add scholarly refinement, culture, and elegance to any fine antique Chinese art collection with this outstanding jade libation cup. Fresh to the market from a Rhode Island estate! Dimensions: 6-3/4" in length, 2-9/16" in width, 3-15/16 in height.
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