Covered Box in the Form of a Peach
The carved image on the top of the four-tiered box shows the Daoist immortal Dongfang Shuo stealing the magical Peaches of Immortality. He is depicted here as a long-bearded old man reaching up to pluck one of the peaches from the tree, perhaps in the garden of the mythological goddess, the Queen Mother of the West; he looks to the side, checking to make sure that no one is watching him. When eaten, these magic peaches were thought to confer immortality. The top of the box in the form of a peach depicts a Daoist immortal and his attendant, sailing on a long raft on turbulent waves, surrounded by a band of auspicious symbols of longevity and good fortune, including bats, peaches, and pomegranates.
early 18th century
Yongzheng or Qianlong Period
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Gift of Dr. Andrew Cole
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Covered Box in the Form of a Peach, early 18th century. Carved lacquer, 4 1/8 x 6 1/2 in. (10.5 x 16.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. Andrew Cole, 79.252.1a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 79.252.1_overall_PS11.jpg)
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