China, 19th cent. (Qing-dynasty 1644-1911). Polychrome cloisonné and champlevé on a copper-body. Two figurines with archaic ox shape, the heads turned to the side. Carrying at the back a group of three vases with circular and rectangular opening. The surface completely covered with foliage and scrolls on a green underground. Four-character Qianlong-mark. Min. rest. at the horns. H. each 19 cm. - Compare a very similar ox-shaped vessel in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, dating from the 18th cent. These type of vessels recall archaic ritual bronzes, which became popular through the catalogue of the Imperial bronze collection, compiled by Emperor Qianlong in 1749.