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Dragon-design Horn-shaped Cup

Tags: Han dynasty | jades | National Palace Museum | vessel


Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220)
Height: 18.3 cm, width: 10.1 cm 
Made of greenish-white jade, this vessel has been fashioned in the shape of a horn cup. The surface is decorated with the carving of a coiling dragon in relief. The body of the dragon is strong and forceful as it reveals the unique vigor of Han dynasty craftsmanship. This type of horn-shaped cup was used as a drinking vessel and originated in Central Asia, being a product of exchange between Central Asian cultures and the Han dynasty.

Text: Yang Mei-li

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