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Moon Crystal

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Made in China, Asia

19th - early 20th century

Rock crystal (quartz) with incised decoration; wood stand

10 7/8 x 9 5/8 inches (27.6 x 24.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Major General and Mrs. William Crozier, 1944

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This nearly flawless moon carving shrouded in auspicious ruyi (as you wish)–shaped clouds is supported on a base depicting the rabbit of Chinese legend who lives on the moon and who concocts the elixir of immortality. The fifth-century poem on its surface, incised by the renowned artist Zhao Pingchong in the last year of the Qianlong emperor’s reign, tells the story of an ancient ruler who, when parted from his beloved, found solace in gazing at the moon.