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Covered Box in the Form of a Peach

Asian Art

The carved image on the top of the four-tiered box shows the Daoist immortal Dongfang Shuo stealing the magical Peaches of Immortality. He is depicted here as a long-bearded old man reaching up to pluck one of the peaches from the tree, perhaps in the garden of the mythological goddess, the Queen Mother of the West; he looks to the side, checking to make sure that no one is watching him. When eaten, these magic peaches were thought to confer immortality. The top of the box in the form of a peach depicts a Daoist immortal and his attendant, sailing on a long raft on turbulent waves, surrounded by a band of auspicious symbols of longevity and good fortune, including bats, peaches, and pomegranates.
MEDIUM Carved lacquer
  • Place Made: China
  • DATES early 18th century
    DYNASTY Qing Dynasty
    PERIOD Yongzheng or Qianlong Period
    DIMENSIONS 4 1/8 x 6 1/2 in. (10.5 x 16.5 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 79.252.1a-b
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Dr. Andrew Cole
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Covered Box in the Form of a Peach, early 18th century. Carved lacquer, 4 1/8 x 6 1/2 in. (10.5 x 16.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. Andrew Cole, 79.252.1a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 79.252.1_overall_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 79.252.1_overall_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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     <em>Covered Box in the Form of a Peach</em>, early 18th century. Carved lacquer, 4 1/8 x 6 1/2 in. (10.5 x 16.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. Andrew Cole, 79.252.1a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 79.252.1_overall_PS11.jpg)

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