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Chinese Cinnabar Lacquer Four-Section Stacking Box

Ming Dynasty 16th/17th century
Lacquer, wooden core
H: 7.5cm

• Private English Collection.

Of hexagonal form, carved to the cover with a travelling deity carrying a long pole with a suspending double-gourd vessel over his right shoulder, and with leafy lotus flowering branches to the sides. The double gourd is a traditional Daoist symbol of longevity, protection and health.

• A similar four-tiered box and cover is in The Palace Museum, illustrated (Catalogue No.95) in ‘Carved Lacquer in the Collection of The Palace Museum’ (Beijing/1985).

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