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Item used in the Qing court
The container is cut into two parts along the middle. The cover and the body join tightly together. The whole is carved with patterns in high relief of gourd vines, tendrils, leaves, and small gourds. A popular theme in the crafts of the Ming and Qing dynasties, the gourd expresses wishes for many sons and more fortune. On the container, gourd, vines, curved leaves, and wormholes are all carefully arranged. Replete with auspicious meaning, this object is both a box for a miniature album container and a table ornament.