Box and lidMaker:
Material and Medium: Ivory
Dimensions: Overall: 80 x 107 x 202mm (3 1/8 x 4 3/16 x 7 15/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.276
The box, one of a pair, is in the form of lotus leaves covered in insects, birds, fish and crabs. The words for lotus and crab form a rebus wishing luck in the Civil Service exams, so it may have been a gift for a scholar.
Inside is a simple fishing boat with bamboo-mat awning, paddled by two women and steered by a man, which sails across a lotus pond with crabs and ducks.Display Location: