A rock crystal & gilt copper mounted water pot (Bhumba) a rock crystal neck

water pot: Yuan period, 13th/14th century, China, mounts and rock crystal: 17th century, Nepal.

Height: 30 cm, 11.8 inches

The clear rock crystal bowl is supported on a circular splayed foot, carved to a depth of 1.5 cm with three reeling chi-hu dragons. The foot is engraved with a key fret design added at the time of the mounting - the latter decorated with eighteen crystal stones, set within lotus petal mounts. The crystal bowl is surmounted by a gilt copper dome embellished with a row of nineteen tear drop crystal stones set against red foil, below eight larger crystal stones set within lotus shaped mounts between eight small circular stones; the gilt copper spout is formed as the head of Makara. The flaring rock crystal neck is carved with fluted lotus leaves - contemporary with the mounting.

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