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Carved Ivory Jewelry Box with Mirror

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Period: late Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: ivory, gilt silver, mirror
Dimensions: height: 19.5 cm, length: 29.5 cm, width: 22 cm

This jewelry box was used by court ladies in late Qing dynasty. Its upper storey contains a folded mirror, which can be put up and is framed with carved ivory. The lower level is designed like a cupboard, with three drawers and a pair of gates. The drawers are inlaid with gilt silver lock catches designed as paired peaches and paired fish. The box lid is carved with motifs of "five-dragon playing with the pearl" (wulong xizhu) and "four dragons flying among clouds" (silong tengyun) in the center. The rest is all carved with dragon patterns. The body of the box is framed with daisy brocade patterns, fully carved with floral patterns as the background and a rich variety of motifs including pine, crane, prunus blossom, chrysanthemum, phoenix, birds, and fruits.

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