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Circular Polychrome Lacquer Box with Gold-Filled Auspicious Tendril and Kui-Dragon Designs and Qianl

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Period: Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Medium: Wood

 The circular lacquer box with a wooden core is furnished with a ring foot and a tongue at the rims for fitting the lid. The exterior of the box is lacquered red and decorated with gold-filling (a technique called qiangjin) and colour painted motifs. The vertical sides of the box and lid are adorned with a tortoise-shell brocade pattern. The slanted edges of the body and the lid feature a round of lingzhi fungus, narcissus, bamboo branches, longevity characters (shou), and ruyi cloud-heads. The top centre of the lid is decorated with stylised kui-dragons and lotus scrolls against a tortoise-shell brocade ground. The interior and the base of the box is lacquered black with a matt finish. The centre base is re-carved and gilt with a six-character reign mark in regular script that may be translated to read, "Made in the Qianlong reign of the Great Qing dynasty" (Daqing Qianlong nian zhi). Beneath it is the four-character label (mingse qian) in regular script that translates to "Circular box with auspicious grass" (ruicao yuanhe).

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