This Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) jasper box is carved into the shape of an oval melon with intertwined vines. The lid, carved in relief with a butterfly with outspread wings, fits the base precisely. Set on a carved boxwood stand, the work combines a melon and butterfly, a joint motif that carries good wishes for “offspring in abundance and prosperity”.
The carved piece is not only a jewelry box but also a lifelike and exquisite work of art. It is a treasure in the permanent collection of the Confucius Museum in Qufu, Jining, Shandong province.
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