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Wine cup
Date Made/Found: 1700s
Maker: Unknown
Material and Medium: Ivory
Dimensions: Overall: 40 x 94mm (1 9/16 x 3 11/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.273
This pair of wine cups are in the form of halved peaches, supported on branches of peach fruits and blossom. Their form and delicate carving resemble similar cups made of jade or porcelain. The peach originated in China, where it blooms in March, and is a symbol of spring. The famous poet Tao Yuanming (365-427) wrote a story called The Land of Peach Blossom that provided an image of a peaceful land far away from the turmoils of the world.
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