Large scaly dragons are commonly depicted amongst waves, a reference to one passing the civil service examination when the carp, swimming upstream, transforms into a dragon. For examples of carvings with the 'dragon and wave' design see a cup with a vigorous scaly dragon carved as the handle, in the collection the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, published in Jan Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, London, 1999, pl. 234, together with a libation cup depicting a dragon weaving in and out of a pine tree trunk, in the collection of Dora Wong, pl. 235.
For examples of vessels decorated with a figural landscape see four illustrated in the Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Bamboo, Wood, ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Carvings, Shanghai, 2001, pls 145-148, from the Qing Court collection and all attributed to the early Qing dynasty.
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