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清 瑪瑙葫蘆瓶
Bottle in the shape of a double gourd

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
19th century
H. 6 13/16 in. (17.3 cm); H. with stand 8 1/4 in. (21 cm); Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Alfred W. Hoyt Collection, Bequest of Rosina H. Hoppin, 1965
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 222
The double gourd holds considerable appeal among the Chinese. In addition to its peculiar shape, it is associated with the fantasy world: immortals and legendary figures are believed to use double gourds to carry medicines with magic power. Numerous baby gourds hanging from a single vine, as shown on this bottle, allude to multiple offspring and a continuation of the family line.
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