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Chinese Cloisonné Quail

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China Anonymous, Chinese
Chinese Cloisonné Quail, 20th c.
Enamel on Copper
3 1/16 in. x 3 5/8 in. x 2 3/8 in. (7.78 cm x 9.21 cm x 6.03 cm)

Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Cloisonné
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Douglas and Pamela Routh
Accession Number: 2002.9.49

There are no markings on the object.

Multicolored enamels on a turquoise enamel ground. Hollow cast copper base. Gilded.

Object Description
Chinese cloisonné quail with detachable wing over a hollow container. The quail has multicolored (blue, red, yellow, dark green) feathers and a turquoise body. The legs are flat against the body, and appear to be folded up underneath the animal. Animal-shaped cloisonné containers were often used as incense burners, where the incense smoke escaped through an open mouth or through perforations in the back. This quail is made in a similar design, but with no openings for the smoke, it is likely that it was made as a simple container for the export market.

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