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Flared Mouth Topaz Cup with Relief Beast Face Pattern During the Reign of Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty

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During the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1736-1795)

A height of 10 cm, an opening with a diameter of 7.3 cm, and a foot with a diameter of 3.4 cm.

The cup has a shape of a barrel, with a flared mouth upper part, a constricted lower part, and an overall arc shape. The inner and outer sides of the trim are lustrous and plain without any decorative patterns, while the middle part of the cup’s wall shows two plain and wide bow-string patterns, between which are cloud patterns and triangular geometric patterns carved and decorated with lines. The two plain and wide patterns separate the cup’s wall into the upper and lower parts. The upper part sees a relief ring as a variant reversed lotus pattern to set off the cup’s mouth, whereas the lower part is a relief imitative beast face pattern with a vivid and dense image which gives a steady and dignified look to the lower part. The cup’s bottom displays a vertical ring foot whose upper part shows a ring of bright and plain bow-string pattern. The cup’s bottom reveals a four-character intaglio signature that read Qianlong nian zhi (lit. ‘made during the reign of Emperor Qianlong’) in seal script in two lines. This cup features masterly carving and graceful lines, with exquisite, fine, and flawless jade-like texture, and soft, clear, elegant, and warm color. The trim is of the marble white color of the dawn sky, and gradually changes downward to take on a warm yellow color , revealing it to be a rare topaz treasure.