Chinese Export Sterling Coin Silver Dragon Bamboo Mug Cup, Canton, c1890s. Entirely hand chased, high crisp relief. Very nicely executed, simply breathtaking.
Makers marks present, please scroll to last picture. Marked 90 for Coin Silver and tested positive for 900/1000 parts fine. Width measures 3 7/8 inches, end of cup to end of handle. Weighs a sturdy 123.9 grams or 4 troy ounces! Several small dings on the underside base of the cup, pictured.Cup opening slightly out of round from normal use over the past 140+ years. Beautiful, time-enhanced silver patina throughout. Comes with a period correct Bailey, Banks & Biddle anti-tarnish presentation storage bag, pictured. Dragons traditionally symbolize potent & auspicious powers.
Particularly control over water, rainfall, and floods. In many Asian cultures dragons were, and in some cultures still are, revered as representative of the primal forces of nature, religion and the universe. They are associated with wisdomoften said to be wiser than humansand longevity. Dragons are commonly said to possess some form of magic. Or other supernatural power, and are a symbol of power, strength & good luck.One of the most impressive things about Bamboo in the Forest is how they sway with even the slightest breeze. Movement with the wind is a symbol of humility.
Their bodies are hard and firm and yet sway gently in the breeze while their trunks stay rooted firmly in the ground below. Their foundation is solid even though they move and sway harmoniously with the wind, never fighting against it.In time, even the strongest wind tires itself out, but the bamboo remains standing tall and still. A bend-but-don't-break or go-with-the-natural-flow attitude is one of the secrets for success whether we're talking about bamboo trees, answering tough questions or just dealing with the everyday vagaries of life. The item "Chinese Export Sterling Coin Silver Dragon Bamboo Mug Cup, Canton, c1890s" is in sale since Thursday, December 5, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (. The seller is "beststerling" and is located in Scottsdale, Arizona.
This item can be shipped to United States.