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A Large Bamboo Carved Libation Cup
17th century

 

The libation cup carved from a portion of bamboo resembles a naturalistic tree trunk in its design, with branches of blossoming prunus flowers.

The gnarled winding branches wrap simultaneously around the trunk forming the cup, the prunus budding and in full blossom. The bamboo is of a rich dark ochre tone.

Height: 12.4 cm, 4 7⁄8” inches

For a similarly carved prunus libation cup see, Yee Ip and Tam C.S Laurence Chinese Bamboo Carving Part II (Hong Kong Museum Of Art 1978) no.69, p225