Carved with two cylinders resting on a base joined by a winged lion or bear with a phoenix holding a loose ring in its beak standing on the animal's head, with its wings displayed joining the two vase, carved overall with archaistic bronze-style ornament including taotie masks and pointed leaves, the twin cover joined by a coiled dragon finial; the stone is flawed with brown markings, rivering, and old cracks; the tops have been tacky waxed to the vases and may come loose. Former Classification: Jade

Champion's Vase (Ying-hsiung), 18th-19th century

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This unusual vessel, comprised of twin cylinders united by a phoenix surmounting a winged lion, is in a traditional shape that can be traced back over two thousand years. The vessel nowadays is commonly called a "champion's" or "hero's" vase, a pun on the words ying-hsiung, which the Chinese use to describe the vase. Numerous jade examples of this form survive from the late Sung, Yüan and Ming dynasties (13th-17th century). Reverence for past forms is typically associated with China's educated elite, and this vase demonstrates the strong revival tendencies of the Chinese artisan. Used as a decorative object, this exquisitely detailed champion's vase conveys a sense of history, tradition and cultural continuity that would have appealed to a learned owner.

Details
Title
Champion's Vase (Ying-hsiung)
Role
Artist
Dimension
7 1/2 in. (19.05 cm)
Accession Number
92.103.16a,b
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Carved with two cylinders resting on a base joined by a winged lion or bear with a phoenix holding a loose ring in its beak standing on the animal's head, with its wings displayed joining the two vase, carved overall with archaistic bronze-style ornament including taotie masks and pointed leaves, the twin cover joined by a coiled dragon finial; the stone is flawed with brown markings, rivering, and old cracks; the tops have been tacky waxed to the vases and may come loose. Former Classification: Jade