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Red Lacquer Box with Bat and Peach Designs in Gold Tracery

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Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Medium: Wood

This compartment box is in the shape of a peach. The box and its lid are lacquered red throughout and painted with bats flying amid branches richly laden with peaches to symbolise the completion of fortune and longevity. The handle on the side of the lid is fashioned as a spray with twigs bearing two robust peaches raise atop of the lid, which not only heightened the sense of three-dimensionality but also adds a delightful element to the design. Fitted into the box is a red lacquer tray painted with bats and peaches and with openings for placing nine peach-shaped and one peach-blossom shaped bowls. 

Website version edited by Zhuang Ying and Adam J. Ensign

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