Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century AD
Copying an ancient form
This cup takes the form of the traditional
The rhyton is a shape imported from Western or Central Asia. Jade examples were introduced to China during the Han dynasty (206 BC - AD 220), when Western luxuries were popular at court. A rhyton from the tomb of the king of Nan Yue (around 122 BC) is a well-known example. His tomb contained a great many jades, many collected from earlier periods.
J. Rawson, Chinese jade: from the Neolith (London, The British Museum Press, 1995, reprinted 2002)