Gilt Lacquer Carrying Box

c. 1900
$480 USD
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W: 7.0" D: 6.5" H: 10.0"
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This early 20th century painted box was originally used as a portable traveling container, especially used for meals, snacks, and food offerings. The wooden box is crafted with eight sides, a lucky number believed to bring prosperity. Brushed atop layers of red and black lacquer, gilt linework decorates the sides with scrollwork, ruyi, and chrysanthemums, symbols of autumn and longevity. The lid is painted with a young boy carrying a lantern, conveying a blessing of abundance. Dense with symbolism, this painted carrying box lives on as a wonderfully storied decorative object.

From the collection of Frances and Gary Comer.

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