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Peach-shaped Cup with Saucer

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
19th century
Jade (jadeite)
Overall (cup and saucer): H. 2 in. (5.1 cm); W. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm); Diam. (cup) 3 3/6 in. (9.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902
Accession Number:
02.18.433a, b
Not on view
According to myth, Xiwangmu, the queen mother of the west, had an orchard producing peaches that granted immortality, and the peach thus became a symbol of long life. The outer surface of this peach-shaped cup features a branch with leaves and blossoms, giving the impression that the fruit is still attached to an otherworldly tree. The cup's rim is enhanced with a tiny bat (fu), a pun with the word for blessings. (From Longevity in Chinese Art)
Heber R. Bishop , New York (until 1902; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebration: The Birthday in Chinese Art," February 27, 2010–November 28, 2010.

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