A zitan silver-wire-inlaid square box and cover 18th century
Lot 318
A zitan silver-wire-inlaid square box and cover
18th century
£20,000 - 30,000
US$ 32,000 - 49,000

Lot Details
A zitan silver-wire-inlaid square box and cover 18th century
A zitan silver-wire-inlaid square box and cover
18th century
The box consisting of a flat tray and a high-sided cover of zitan wood of typical purplish hue, the top of the cover formed as a panel set within a bevelled and mitred frame and inlaid with silver wire depicting two deer, one with antlers and holding a lingzhi fungus in its mouth, standing in a rocky pine grove with two bats flying overhead, the frame with an inlaid design of interlocking ruyi-head and stylised chilong. 20.2cm (8in) square (2).

Footnotes

  • 十八世紀 紫檀嵌銀絲松鹿紋方蓋盒

    The engagingly simple design of this box suggests a business-like, utilitarian function. This suggestion is echoed by the design inlaid onto the cover of two deer, posed with one standing and one seated with lingzhi fungus: this image is an important rebus for doing business. In particular, deer 鹿 lu, are a pun for road, 路 lu, and suggests the saying 'may all roads be smooth' 路路順利 lulu shunli. In addition, the two bats, 蝠 fu, flying above are a rebus for prosperity, 富 fu, and blessings 福 fu.
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