Date Made/Found: Around 1875
Material and Medium: Ivory
Dimensions: Overall: 76 x 31mm (3 x 1 1/4in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.339
This box is decorated with two 'Dogs of Fo' on the cover. These are actually representations of lions in pre-modern China. Statues of guardian lions have traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy.
On the side is an engraved rural landscape and writing in tiny characters. The text is described as 'An essay on the Shih Ching', known as the 'Classic of Poetry'. This is the oldest collection of Chinese poetry and comprises 305 poems and songs dating from around 900 to 600 BC.
The 'Classic of Poetry' is one of the 'Five Classics' traditionally said to have been compiled by the philosopher Confucius. It has been studied and memorized by scholars in China and neighboring countries for two thousand years.
The carver is the famous Yu Shuo from Beijing who has made two other pieces in the Grice Collection.Display Location: