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Oval cup with feline dragons

Jin (1115–1234) to Yuan (1271–1368) dynasty
12th–14th century
Jade (nephrite)
L. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
Two long, sinuous dragons, of a type known as chihulong, are carved along the edges of the cup. The incised pattern decorating the cup resembles an auspicious fungus known as a lingzhi that is symbolic of the granting of wishes.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," December 14, 2010–May 1, 2011.

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