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Date Made/Found: 1800s
Maker: Unknown
Material and Medium: Ivory
Dimensions: Overall: 175 x 114mm (6 7/8 x 4 1/2in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.215
Animals are highly symbolic in China and therefore are popular subjects for decoration. Figures are skilfully carved representations of real and mythical creatures.
This is a pair of carved Chinese mitten crabs, one with the lid off to show the inside. Crabs are a delicacy in Shanghai and a symbol of achievement.
Display Location: In Store
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