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Carved Lacquer Box
23.68-70
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This dazzling box is covered with a thick coating of red lacquer, into which auspicious symbols and floral patterns were carved. The carving was obviously done by an experienced artisan. It is beautifully executed and the overall outlay is balanced and pleasureable to look at. The box was obviously destined for a rich household, probably to offer sweetmeats.

History of the Object
unknown

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Red carved lacquer, probably wood (?) 
Measurements
Width D 34 cm Height 8,5 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
17th Century; 1644 - 1911; Qing Dynasty 
Function
Box for offering delicacies 
Acquisition
The box was put on sale by the Hamburg dealer Umlauff in 1907, together with a huge collection of objects from China, Mongolia, Tibet and Nepal. The museum was very interested, but did not have the money to buy the whole offer. Henry and Emma Budge, a wealthy couple of Hamburg patrician background, acquired this box together with other items, with the idea to give them to our museum later. The museum got the pieces in 1923. 
Copyright
Saal/Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg 
Museum
Museum of Ethnology, Hamburg 
Credit line
Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg, Inv.Nr. 23.68:70 

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