A mother-of-pearl inlaid hardwood box
The wide and short rectangular box composed of well-figured wood of auburn hue, the fitted top lid carved with a raised beaded border surrounding a recessed inset central panel (cracked), the elaborate inlay featuring motifs of the 'Eight Auspicious Objects' (ba jixiang) and the Emblems of the Eight Immortals concentrically surrounding a tableau of cranes and pine, with rinceaux of intricately rendered leafy vines and gourds to the upper and lower rims, all supported by slightly raised feet.
12 x 16 x 2 1/2in (30.5 x 40.5 x 6.5cm)
Chinese Works of Art
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