Later jade rhytons, including the present example, are typically decorated with archaistic motifs including mythical creatures and ground patterns derived from ancient bronze vessels. Compare a Ming dynasty gray jade rhyton with chilong in high relief and openwork in the collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, illustrated in Michael Knight et al., Later Chinese Jades: Ming Dynasty to Early Twentieth Century from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, 2007, pl. 151; another with chilong attributed to the latter half of the Ming dynasty in the collection of the Musée Guimet, Paris, exhibited in Jade: From Emperors to Art Deco, Musée Guimet, Paris, 2018, cat. no. 97; a Song dynasty example with an S-curved handle similar to the present, formerly in the Cunliffe Collection and sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 9th October 2012, lot 3137; and a 17th/18th century example carved with taotie and a handle similar to the present rhyton, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 8th October 2013, lot 3201.
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