Golden Lotus Gourd Water Dipper

c. 1900
$980 USD
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W: 3.5" D: 7.5" H: 1.0"
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This most unusual water dipper is made of a natural gourd, ringed at the base and lip with polished hard wood. This particular gourd resembles the shape of a “golden lotus,” one of a pair of palm-sized shoes worn by bound-foot women during the Qing dynasty. This rarified and charming vessel was used by a late 19th-century calligrapher as a reservoir for water, placed on a painting table alongside his brush, ink and inkstone.

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