The luminous effect of a white jade cup from the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty, which sold for US$1.19 million in 2004. Photo: SCMP
The luminous effect of a white jade cup from the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty, which sold for US$1.19 million in 2004. Photo: SCMP
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What is a Chinese ‘luminous cup’ and where do you buy one? Sotheby’s Hong Kong once auctioned an old agate goblet for US$35,000, and antiques shops on Lascar Row and Hollywood Road offer them too

  • Tang dynasty poet Wang Han’s Song of Liangzhou described a jade cup like those mined in the Qilian Mountains of Gansu province
  • The cups became famous after the 1961 film, The Magic Cup, based on the story of Aladdin, and its 1962 sequel, both starring Petrina Fung Bo-bo

The luminous effect of a white jade cup from the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty, which sold for US$1.19 million in 2004. Photo: SCMP
The luminous effect of a white jade cup from the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty, which sold for US$1.19 million in 2004. Photo: SCMP
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