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Period: eighteenth century
Medium: gilt copper, enamel
Dimensions: height: 23 cm, diameter of the bigger end: 5 cm, diameter of the smaller end: 3.7 cm

This is a single-tube refracting telescope. It is designed as retractable with four sections. The exterior wall of the telescope is decorated with incised bird motifs and is inlaid with enamel chips on which motifs of spirals and butterflies are painted. 
  This telescope was imported during the Qianlong reign (1736-1795) and was presented to the imperial court by Cantonese officials. Exquisite and sophisticated, it can be used or simply appreciated. The Qianlong Emperor loved it very much.

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