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Coconut-shell Bowl with Gold and Carved with Bats and Clouds

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Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: coconut shell, gold
Dimensions: height: 4.5 cm, diameter: 13.5 cm

The bowl is made by combining tiles of coconut shells. The exterior wall is carved in shallow relief with the motif of auspicious bats and clouds. Around the mouth rim and the foot ring are bands of rectangular-spiral patterns. Sumptuously, the interior wall and the ring foot are both covered in gold. Coconut shell carving is a local specialty in southern parts of China, including Guangdong Province.  

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