The inscription on the present parfumier, 'Imperial Poem of the Pine and Bamboo Trees', reads as follows:
Song zhu shuang qing shi
Gao she jie shuang qing
Shan pang shui zhi xi
Wen shei nai yi zi
Dai fu yu jun zi
The poem may be translated as:
'Imperially Inscribed Poem of the Pine and Bamboo Trees
Members of the Gaoshe gather by the pine and bamboo trees
Next to the mountains and the flowing stream
High officials and gentlemen
Are most suited for this noble realm.'
A closely related, though slightly smaller (18.3 cm.), imperially inscribed reticulated parfumier carved with cranes amidst pine boughs is in the Qing Court Collection, and illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - Jadeware III, Hong Kong, 1995, p. 45, no. 35. (Fig.1) Another Qianlong period white jade parfumier is in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, and illustrated by Ming Wilson in Chinese Jades, p. 54, no. 55. On p. 52, the author notes that parfumiers were not only used for fragrance, but to repel insects, and that camphor or other insect repellents would be placed inside, and the parfumier would then be placed among clothes or quilts to protect from moths.