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Bamboo Box in the Shape of Three Scrolls Piled on a Rectangular Base

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Period: mid Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: Bamboo veneer
Dimensions: Height: 10.5 cm, Length: 16 cm, Width: 13.5 cm

The box is designed in the shape of a flat rectangular base supporting three piled painting scrolls, a small rectangular box, and a mallow-shaped box. One of the scrolls is resting on the other two.   
  The box is carved in intaglio with geometrical patterns except on the mallow-shaped box which is carved in relief with a stylized Kui-dargon motif (Kui is a fabled monster with only one leg visible in profile). Today the sections of the box still contain paintings and calligraphic works, which indicates that it was specially designed for storing art works.

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