The body on three stylised feet decorated with animal masks. The feet carved in relief around the sides with a confronting archaistic dragon and phoenix on a studded ground, separated by a cylindrical flanged loop handle decorated with scroll motifs, all between key-fret bands at the rim and base, the cover with a central yinyang knop surrounded by three recumbent rams separated by three taotie mask motifs, the mottled stone of light celadon tone with brown and russet inclusions.
Compare a similar cup without a cover, sold at Sotheby’s New York, March, 20th 2007, lot 623. Another similar cup can be found in René-Yvon Lefebvre d’Argencé, Chinese Jades in the Avery Brundage Collection, San Francisco, 1972, plate L, p. 115, where it is mentioned that a comparable cup excavated from a Ming dynasty tomb dated 1676 and located outside of Beijing, is illustrated in Wenwu, Beijing, 1963, fig. 18, no. 1, p. 42.