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Jewelry Box (?) with Lid

Catalogue Description:
Square wooden box with separate hinged wooden cover. Incised on front face naturalistic bunch of lotus flowers and on each side a lotus plant with two monkeys forming a playful caricature of the formal motif of the joining of the two lands. Incised border on two sides of back which is otherwise plain. Upper sides and front of box pierced for sealing with cord. Separate hinged and grooved cover with two bronze loop hinges. Box (originally) carved from single block of wood. Condition: Cover incomplete and reglued. Front of box badly split. Gaps and repair on back.


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