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Period: Yongzheng reign (1723-1735), Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: silver
Dimensions: overall height: 10.2 cm, mouth diameter: 3.2 cm

This ewer has an oblate body, a swollen stomach, a flat foot, and a short spout. Above the cover is a bail handle in the shape of a bending-over dragon. A pressing of button at the head of the handle opens the cover. The small and seemingly plain ewer has many echoes of earlier periods. Its shape is a copy of an archaic bronze, and its reign mark is written in a script derived from inscriptions on archaic bronzes and oracle bones.   The Palace Museum only has two silver ewers in this style. The dragon-shaped handle is lively and well designed. Without knowledge of the button, it is almost impossible to open the cover. Although there are no engraved patterns, the distinctive design makes it a successful silver vessel of the Yongzheng reign.

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