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Chinese Cloisonne Gu (Trumpet-shaped Vase)

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China Anonymous, Chinese
Chinese Cloisonne Gu (Trumpet-shaped Vase), late 17th to early 18th c
Enamel on Bronze
13 3/8 in. x 7 1/8 in. x 7 1/8 in. (33.97 cm x 18.1 cm x 18.1 cm)


Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Cloisonné
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Adler Routh
Accession Number: 73.3.34


Dimensions
The object measures 7 1/8" across at the neck and 3 7/8" across at the base.

Marks
There is a label on the bottom that reads: "Ralph M. Chait Chinese Art."

Medium
Multicolored enamels on a thin bronze or brass base, with gilding.

Object Description
Chinese classic Ku-shaped cloisonné beaker with a gilded brass or thin bronze base. A mask design decorates the center of the interior and exterior of the round beaker in repeat fashion in multicolored enamels on a green field (NOT the typical T'ao-t'ieh mask). The object is tall and narrow, with a very wide mouth at the top, giving it a general lily shape. The piece is thought to have been produced in the Forbidden City Palace Workshops of Ch'ien Lung, and is designed and decorated in "archaic" style.

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