Made in: the Western Han Dynasty
Made of: Hetian Jade from Xinjiang
Collected in: the Museum of the Nanyue King Tombs in Guangzhou
Way back in the Neolithic-Age of China, there were cups like this made of pottery, and the image of the cup was also found in the inscribed patterns on bronze ware of the Warring States Period. Unlike using a beast head cup that you drink wine from its short spout, when using this horn-shaped cup, you drink from the mouth of it. This is completely in line with traditional way of drinking. After the Tang Dynasty, horn-shaped cups were quite rare and only occasionally recreated as special works of art that could fetch thousands of dollars.