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Chinese Red Lacquer Ruyi Box, circa 1900

$2,880

About

This finely lacquered box was once presented as a gift, filled with popular snacks like roasted melon seeds, dried fruit, and cinnamon-toasted soy beans. The lightweight box is formed in the shape of a ruyi scepter, a symbol of prosperity and a traditional gift to newborn boys. The box is decorated with intricately designs painted atop a layer of bright red lacquer. A variation of the double dragon motif, a dragon and a phoenix swirl through trailing vines around a central flower blossom, which here takes the place of the flaming pearl, an emblem of the sun, balance, and power.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 4.5 in. (11.43 cm)Width: 17 in. (43.18 cm)Depth: 15 in. (38.1 cm)
  • Style
    Qing (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    LacqueredWood
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1900
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: CMK0881stDibs: LU820020280392

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $110 Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 3-5 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Chicago, IL
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 2 days of delivery.

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About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in Chicago, IL

PAGODA RED is a renowned resource for designers as well as collectors of contemporary and ancient Chinese, Korean and Japanese art. They offer a curated edit of fine and provincial furniture, ceramics, scholars' objects, and paintings and textiles, each piece historically and geographically authentic.

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