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Title

Crystal eagle

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Qianlong 1736 - 1795 Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    carved rock crystal
    Dimensions
    13.5 x 12.0 x 7.5 cm
    Credit
    Bequest of Captain G.W. Eedy 1921
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    2092
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    The appearance of the eagle as a motif in Chinese art goes back to prehistoric times. Throughout history it has been a symbol of nobility and victory. These valiant birds of prey were regarded as the ultimate symbol of the nomadic spirit. The Chinese word for ‘eagle’ (ying) is a homonym for ‘hero’.
    Emperor Qianlong (1736-95) of the Qing dynasty particularly liked eagles to be represented in artworks to espouse heroism. When Manchu and Mongolian noblemen brought him eagles from their homelands to add to the imperial menagerie, he would compose poems himself – such as ‘Ode to the white eagle’ – commission painters to paint them, and even had carvers produce decorative objects representing eagles, to please his eyes.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition