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Champlevé Duomu Vessel with the Kui-dragon Design

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Period: mid Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Dimensions: height: 51.5 cm, mouth diameter: 7.9 cm, bottom diameter: 12.9 cm

The shape of this duomu vessel derives from the wooden flagons used by Mongolians and Tibetans to drink barley beer and fermented mare's milk. The Qing imperial court held duomu vessels made of various materials, such as ceramic, ivory, and enamel. By that time, the flagon had become purely ornamental. It was displayed as an interior decoration or bestowed as a reward. Very seldom was it used as a liquid container.

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