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Canton enamel shell-shaped box and cover. 

Qianlong period (1735-96).

Decorated to the lid with forget me nots, peony and yellow iris in delicate enamels.

The inside cover with a trailing gourd amongst flowers, seed pods and flying insects.

Diameter: 7.5cm. (3 in.).

Condition: Some restoration.

Shells have appeared in Chinese culture for centuries, with myths including that of the ‘shen’, a large shellfish that could shapeshift.

However, it is likely that shell motifs and designs were also a popular choice for export items due to their long symbolic ties with both Christian pilgrimage and the feminine principle in classical antiquity.

Dimensions

diameter: 7.5cm. (3 in.)

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Condition report

Condition: some restoration

Stock number

W299
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