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Rhino horn cup
MPE 4396
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This cup is noteworthy for the quality of it's manufacture. The natural shape of the materials is combined with decorative figures showing landscapes inhabited by immortal beings who evoke a magic power inherent in the material itself.

History of the Object
Among the Taoists, rhinoceros horn was believed to conceal magic healing powers and to be a strong aphrodisiac. Rhinoceros horn cups were given to outstanding scholars and members of the bureaucratic carriers as a social and political symbol of rank. Such uses date back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Most common in noble mansions, rhinoceros horn cups draw their shape from the ritual vessel of archaic China and originated as a learned and refined collection item, both in China and on the western antique market, mostly from the 18th century onwards.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Rhinoceros horn 
Measurements
Width cm 15,4 Height cm 14,6  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
17th Century -18th Century. 
Function
Libatory cup 
Acquisition
Donated by Giuseppe Noci, 1879 
Copyright
©Soprintendenza al Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico Luigi Pigorini, Roma 
Acknowledgements
Text: Carlotta Romano, Loretta Paderni Photo: Damiano Rosa ©Soprintendenza al Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico Luigi Pigorini, Roma 
Owner
Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico Luigi Pigorini, Roma State property, Italy 
Museum
Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico "Luigi Pigorini" 
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