Diameter: 14.6 cm (5 3/4 in.); Overall: 4.6 cm (1 13/16 in.)
Gift of J. H. Wade 1920.424
Auspicious inscriptions on the base and front of the jade cup convey wishes for longevity.
In the Qing dynasty, luxury items became more affordable to larger parts of the society, including women, merchants, and literati in non-official positions. Imperial patronage and a growing urban population also encouraged consumption of luxury goods and local craftmanship. This jade cup shows the creative mind of the skilled artisan who carved three dragons in full relief around the edge.
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