Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Inbal Bar Oz

Cup in the form of a boy clinging to a lotus stalk
17th century, Qing dynasty
Rhinoceros horn
H: 12; W: 12 cm
Gift of Marcel Lorber, London
Accession number: B85.1220
Cups made from the horn of the rhinoceros were highly prized in China. They were thought to neutralize poison and also to increase male potency.

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir