Red Lacquer Ruyi Box

c. 1900
$2,880 USD
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W: 17.0" D: 15.0" H: 4.5"
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This finely lacquered box was once presented as a gift, filled with popular snacks like roasted melon seeds, dried fruit, and cinnamon-toasted soy beans. The lightweight box is formed in the shape of a ruyi scepter, a symbol of prosperity and a traditional gift to newborn boys. The box is decorated with intricately designs painted atop a layer of bright red lacquer. A variation of the double dragon motif, a dragon and a phoenix swirl through trailing vines around a central flower blossom, which here takes the place of the flaming pearl, an emblem of the sun, balance, and power.

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