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Subject:Chinese silver box mark / symbol
Posted By: Vicky Mon, Jun 03, 2019 IP: 2a02:c7d:da5e:300:15

This small silver box is not marked other than on the top of the lid. Can anyone tell me what this means please? Also it would be great to know what the different animals, plants and creatures symbolise.

Subject:Re: Chinese silver box mark / symbol
Posted By: Bill H Mon, Jun 03, 2019

The central medallion, which I believe is shown upside-down in both views, is a stylized form of the "Longevity" character "Shou" (壽). As to the creatures, there appears to be a Phoenix beneath the Shou medallion, as shown in the first view. To the left of the Phoenix, there may be a Qilin, or Chinese Unicorn, but identification is difficult for lack of a full view. To the right of the Phoenix is a Peony plant I believe. At least a couple of dragons also are seen.

This may be a box for red ink paste used on carved personal or other name seals, aka "chops".

Best regards,

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