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A CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER
A CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER
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A CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER

QIANLONG INCISED AND GILT SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

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A CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER
QIANLONG INCISED AND GILT SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
The cover deeply carved to depict a scholar standing beneath a pine tree accompanied by an attendant on the banks of a river in a mountainous landscape setting, the sides of the box and cover crisply carved with keyfret pattern, the interior and base lacquered black, the body core material of metal, with the four-character mark, Xian Shan Bao He, 'Treasure box of the Immortal Mountain' on the inside of the cover, the gilt reign mark incised on the countersunk base
3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.) diam., box

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The present box and cover appears to be the mirror image of a box of identical size in the National Palace Museum, Taipei which was included in the exhibition, Carving the Subtle Radiance of Lacquers, Taipei, 2008, and illustrated in the Catalogue, p. 126, no. 118. These boxes appear to be from a set of boxes, each with a different scene of immortals in landscapes and an accompanying four-character inscription to the interior of the lid describing the scene on its cover. Other examples in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, were included in the same exhibition, ibid., pp. 126-127, nos. 119-120.

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