Nov 9, 2018

Box in Form of Lotus Leaf (lid)

Box in Form of Lotus Leaf (lid)

1700s

Part of a set. See all set records

Ivory

Overall: 5.1 cm (2 in.)

Gift of Lois Clarke 1970.137.1.b

Did you know?

Inside each box is a lotus pond and two swimming ducks carved in high relief.

Description

In the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), luxury items became more affordable to larger parts of the society, including women, merchants, and literati in non-official positions. Imperial patronage and a growing urban population encouraged consumption of luxury goods and local craftmanship. This fine-grained, light yellow ivory carved in the shape of a lotus leaf illustrates the superb carving skills and the creative mind of the talented artisan who sought clients on a competitive market.

See also
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Ivory
Medium: 
Ivory
Credit line: 
Gift of Lois Clarke

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