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  • Peach–shaped cup with saucer, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 19th century
    China
    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)
    Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902 (02.18.433a,b)

    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.

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  • Peach-shaped cup with saucer, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 19th century
    China
    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)
    Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902 (02.18.433a,b)


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