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Round Box with Cover Decorated with a Jade Bi Disc
SKAZsz 2666/a-d MNW
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A round wooden box with a cover and decorated with a jade bi disc, carved with an archaized cloud motif and a gilded inscription “A Qianlong court luxury object” (Qianlong yu wan) on the cover of the box. There are a small mirror and a tortoise shell comb inside the box. During the Qianlong period, when there was a revival of interest in Chinese antiquity, jade bi disc was a popular decorative element of various handicraft products: caskets, boxes or other wooden or lacquer containers. To highlight the attractiveness and value, the jade disc was always placed at the central part of a simple, undecorated object. http://cyfrowe.mnw.art.pl/dmuseion/docmetadata?id=17994&show_nav=true

History of the Object
The object belonged to Colonel Władysław Jagniątkowski (1857-1930). As a soldier, he was stationed in Vietnam, the Middle East and the French colonies in Asia and Africa. He also participated in the suppression of the Boxer uprising in China. After his death in 1930, the widow of the Colonel, Magdalena, donated the Museum 72 historical objects, including Chinese ones.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Wood, jade, tortoise shell 
Measurements
High 3,2 cm; Diameter 8,2 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
First half 18th Century 
Function
Decorative 
Acquisition
Inherited from Władysław Jagniątkowski and preserved in the museum since 1930 
Copyright
Copyright Ⓒ National Museum in Warsaw 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum in Warsaw, state property 
Museum
National Museum in Warsaw 
Credit line
Courtesy of the National Museum in Warsaw 

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