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Glass with Three Goats
Glass with Three Goats
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This glass is carved into three meek goats on a craggy hill. At the foot of the hill is a goat raising its head and looking into the sky. The goat on the right is descending. The third is crouching on the mountaintop and looking back. This design implies a Chinese idiom meaning a good spring promises a flourishing year (sanyang kaitai). The glass mountaintop has a beautiful boxwood stand with patterns of mountains, rocks and waves. The artist expertly tempered the gentleness with toughness. The goats are vivid and plump, contrasting with the sharp rocks. It is one of the finest aventurine glass objects.

History of the Object
On the bottom, the incised mark in seal script (zhuanshu) indicates that it was made in the Qianlong reign.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Aventurine glass 
Measurements
Height: 12.5 cm, Length: 22 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century; Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (1644-1911) 
Function
decorative 
Acquisition
Collection of the Imperial Palace 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Palace Museum, Beijing 
Museum
The Palace Museum 
Credit line
Palace Museum, Beijing 

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