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Maker: Unknown
Material and Medium: Ivory, bronze, gilt
Dimensions: Overall: 46 x 63 x 77mm (1 13/16 x 2 1/2 x 3 1/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.303
The lid of this box is decorated with peony sprays. The Chinese name for the tree peony is 'mu dan'. That literally means 'male vermilion'; vermillion is a pigment made from the powered mineral cinnabar which is made into the traditional red ink used in Chinese art. It is therefore a suitable decoration for a gentleman's box that would have contained writing brushes or an ink-stone.
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