|Exhibition Public - USA & Canada|
Detail: Hardstone carving is one of the oldest arts in China, dating back to the fifth millennium B.C. It was not until the Qing dynasty, however, that an abundant supply of raw material, extraordinary craftsmanship, and keen imperial patronage allowed the art to flourish. During the 18th century, widespread prosperity and successful military campaigns brought political stability, while also securing the trade routes that permitted the importation of gemstones over the Silk Roads and through sea trade routes from as far away as Europe.
Phone No.: (212) 535 7710|
Site URL: http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2016/colors-of-the-universe
Water dropper in the shape of a crane
18th century, Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
H. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm), W. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)
Carnelian and white agate