Detail View: National Palace English: Jade cup shaped like a gourd

Work ID: 
M01C00126
Title: 
Jade cup shaped like a gourd
Creation Date: 
Qing Dynasty
Start Year Date: 
A.D.1644
End Year Date: 
A.D.1911
Dynasty: 
63 Qing Dynasty (A.D. 1644~1911)
Creation Place: 
Hindustan
Measurements: 
Length: 16.6cm; Width: 12.8cm; Height: 4.7 cm
Material: 
Jade
Form: 
Bei (cup)
Type: 
Jades and Other Precious Stones
Subject: 
Vegetable
Repository: 
The National Palace Museum, Taipei
Description: 
This jade shows some typical traits of Mughal jades. It is in the form of a half-gourd. The stalk is de facto the handle, and it is decorated with a flower blossom, which is inlaid with a red stone in the middle. The bottom is a flower in relief, in which the petals rise and fall rhythmically and the edges curl vibrantly.The interior of the cup contains a poem composed by the Qianlong emperor. The poem mentions that jades mined in Hetian, Xinjiang Province, are fine but the craftsmanship is poor, and that the finest ones are made in Hindustan. Since Chinese were fond of Hindustan jades, merchants brought them to Yeerqiang for sale.
ImageV ID: 
M01C00126AS001
Rights: 
Lee & Lee Communications