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Gold-Bodied Peach-Shaped Coral Box with Dragon, Cloud, and Bat Designs and Longevity Characters

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Period: Yongzheng reign (1723-1735), Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Medium: coral; gold

This lidded box in the shape of a peach was crafted by pasting a number of pieces of pure coral onto a gold body before decorative motifs were carved on the surface. The top centre of the lid features a longevity character (shou) roundel rendered in seal script surmounted by a large flying bat carved in relief to symbolise fortune and longevity. The surface of the lid is carved with nine dragons moving amid dense clouds. The surface of the box is carved with clouds supported by waves. According to Qing archives, this box was produced during the Yongzheng period.

 

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