Auction 356 / Lot n° 1662

A gilt-metal filigree and semi-precious stones "abstinence plaque", shaped as a beribboned double gourd, one side decorated with the characters zhai jie, the reverse with Manchu, embellished with turquoise flowers China, late Qing dynasty (circa 1900) (l. 7,5 cm.) Export license is available for this lot Abstinence was a ceremonial requirement prior to worshipping the ancestors at court during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). The abstinence period lasted for three days, during which courtiers were to refrain from eating meat and fragrant herbs, from consuming alcohol, and from any intimate acts.

Auction: 27 November 2015 at 10:30

Estimate € 2,500 - 3,500