A gilt bronze Libation Cup decorated on the outside with auspicious symbols: Cranes, Bamboo,Prunus blossom and Lingzhi fungus and with some of the Buddhist Bajixiang ("eight precious emblems").
This item was made in China in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and is from the collection of a British Architect who was born in China and lived in Shanghai until 1931 when he migrated to the UK.
Condition: very good - no damages, repairs or losses - but there is some copper oxidation and surface wear, consistent with age, including loss of much of the original gilding.
9.5cm (3.75inches) long: 3.4cm (1.3jnches) high.
Weight: approx 100grams (4oz.
Please note: this cup is from the same collection as stock #714, #716, #727 & #813 in our catalogue.