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Ming Dynasty Rapousse Ladle
Ming Dynasty Rapousse Ladle
Ming Dynasty Rapousse Ladle
Ming Dynasty Rapousse Ladle
Ming Dynasty Rapousse Ladle
Ming Dynasty Rapousse Ladle

Ming Dynasty Rapousse Ladle

Regular price $195.00 Sale

Chinese Copper Oil Holder, thought to be a reproduction of a Ming Dynasty ladle. With intricate metalwork on its long shaped handle and a head fashioned like a Dragon ours is a beautiful vintage decorative object.

Early Ming decorative arts inherited the richly eclectic legacy of the Mongol Yuan dynasty, which included both regional Chinese traditions and foreign influences.  In response to lively trade with the Islamic world, many Ming examples continued to reflect strong West Asian influences. A special court-based Bureau of Design ensured that a uniform standard of decoration was established for imperial production in ceramics, textiles, metalwork, and lacquer.

This is a vintage artisan crafted item. *not tested for food safety

ORIGIN: China

CIRCA: Unknown

DIMENSIONS: 15” L x 5” W x 3” H

MATERIALS: Copper, Verdigris Patina

FACTS & HISTORY: Metallurgy in China has a long history, with the earliest metal objects in China dating back to around 3,000 BCE. The majority of early metal items found in China come from the North-Western Region . China was the earliest civilization to use the blast furnace and produce cast iron.

Chinese mythology generally reflects a time when metallurgy had long been practiced. According to Mircea Eliade, the Iron Age produced a large number of rites, myths and symbols; the blacksmith was the main agent of diffusion of mythology, rites and metallurgical mysteries. The secret knowledge of metallurgists and their powers made them founders of the human world and masters of the spirit world. This metallurgical model was reinterpreted again by Taoist alchemists.