Skip to main content

Main Building

Wine Cup in the Shape of a Rhinoceros Horn

1600-1800
Artist/maker unknown, Chinese
This wine cup is made from Dehua porcelain from Fujian province, and imitates the form of a cup carved from rhinoceros horn. Horn cups were precious, but not ostentatious, and were considered well suited for drinking wine. Unlike a real horn cup, this piece has a flat base, and was probably used for display. It is decorated with a dragon emerging from clouds, the moon, flowers, and an auspicious chimera. ...

Object Details

We are always open to learning more about our collections and updating the website. Does this record contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? Contact us here.

Please note that this particular artwork might not be on view when you visit. Don’t worry—we have plenty of exhibitions for you to explore.


Main Building