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Trinket box in the shape of a peach

Trinket box in the shape of a peach


This box might have been used to hold small personal items such as jewellery. The peach shape and peach tree leaf sprays symbolise long life. The carved bat is a symbol of happiness (because the words for bat and happiness sound the same in Chinese). The colour of the glass looks like dark green jade.

Glass, carved in relief
Base height: 2.1 cm, width: 5.9 cm, base length: 7.3 cm, lid height: 2.3 cm, lid width: 5.5 cm, lid length: 7.3 cm, combined depth: 4.0 cm
Four-character mark of Qianlong reign (1736-1795)

Chinese Description:

桃形收藏盒 中国,清乾隆朝(1736-1795) 这盒子颜色仿如玉石般艳绿,型制又精致,或用于收藏细小佩饰等私人珍玩。蟠桃形状与桃叶浮雕寓意长寿,而蝙蝠雕刻,又取「蝠」的谐音,象征褔乐。 刻有「乾隆年制」四字 玻璃,浮雕

Creator: Unknown

Date: Qianlong reign period (1736-1795)

Copyright: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

Object ID:N4588

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