Crystal Ball

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Made in China, Asia

19th - early 20th century

Rock crystal (quartz); silver stand

Crystal Ball: 8 11/16 inches, 31 pounds 8.4 ounces (22 cm, 14.3 kg) Base: 17 3/8 inches (44.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 226, Asian Art, second floor

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Major General and Mrs. William Crozier, 1944

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As early as the Song dynasty (960–1279), rock crystal carvings and vessels were appreciated and collected in China, the best pieces being lustrous and in perfect condition. This flawless crystal ball is displayed on a silver stand in the form of breaking waves that was created in Japan during the first half of the twentieth century.

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