A rare carved cinnabar polychrome lacquer box and cover
Of circular form with flattened sides, the cover exquisitely carved in varying levels of relief through the red, yellow and green layers with a stylised evocative scene of Shoulao, a crane, a deer and a pine tree enclosed within a circular medallion inside a skilfully carved 'Chun' character, the 'strokes' of the character intricately incised with floral lozenges, the character flanked by a pair of soaring ruyi sceptres and above cloud scroll, all above ribbons of red, green and yellow issuing forth from a bowl teeming with auspicious emblems including wan symbols and a ruyi, set against an exquisitely rendered 'leiwen' ground, the whole scene set within a circular border surrounded by a narrow band of floral motifs within 'zig-zag' motifs, the sides of the cover and box carved with various luxuriant flowers against a leiwen ground, the base lacquered black.
13cm (5in) diam.
Chinese Works of Art
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