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清乾隆 碧玉雲龍洗
Basin

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95)
Date:
dated 1774
Culture:
China
Medium:
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions:
H. 7 5/8 in. (19.3 cm); W. 29 15/16 in. (76. 1 cm); D. 16 15/16 in. (43 cm)
Classification:
Jade
Credit Line:
Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902
Accession Number:
02.18.689
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 222
This basin, embellished with dragons chasing flaming pearls through a cloud-filled landscape, bears on its interior a poem by the Qianlong Emperor (r. 1735–96), indicating that the piece was inspired by an enormous jade wine container believed to have been commissioned by Khubilai Khan and still on view in Beihai Park, Beijing.
Inscription: Inscription inside by Qianlong Emporer

臣質和闐貢,良材作甕堪。雲容垂碧落,
龍德出深潭。從類奇文覩,應聲精蹟探。
僧繇畫超絕,韓愈說包含。郡有堯年露,
非無園客蠶。遐球如近賦,屢獲以爲慚。
乾隆甲午新春御題。(鈐印:所寳惟賢,乾隆御筆)
Heber R. Bishop , New York (until 1902)
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