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Chinese Cloisonné Tortoise with Snake

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China Anonymous, Chinese
Chinese Cloisonné Tortoise with Snake, 20th c.
Enamel on Copper
2 7/16 in. x 5 in. x 2 3/8 in. (6.19 cm x 12.7 cm x 6.03 cm)


Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Cloisonné
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Douglas and Pamela Routh
Accession Number: 2002.9.73


Marks
There are no markings, but the adhesive stains from stickers can be seen on the stomach of the tortoise.

Medium
Multicolored enamels on a cast copper base. Lacquered wooden stand.

Object Description
Chinese cloisonné water vessel in the shape of a tortoise holding a bowl in its mouth, with a gilded snake on it's back. The snake's tail is wrapped around the tortoise's tail. The tortoise has a turquoise-enamelled body, hexagonal-patterned shell, and its body is decorated with scrolling tendrils in red, dark blue, white, yellow, and dark green. A hole in the tortoise’s shell allows water to be poured in, which then flows into the small bowl. Accompanied by a lacquered wooden stand.

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