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Dragon and Phoenix Rosewood Box
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Intricately hand carved, this stunning Dragon and Phoenix Rosewood Box is a functional work of art originally intended to hold jewelry or other valuables. The carving on the lid depicts a Dragon and a Phoenix, two of the most important symbols in Chinese culture. Traditionally a symbol of the Emperor, the Dragon represents strength and energy. While the Phoenix—a symbol of the Empress—represents beauty and grace. The Dragon and the Phoenix together symbolize a harmonious home. Rosewood. Unlined. Metal latch.
Our Freer Gallery of Art—which curates one of the world's most important collections of Asian art—contains an extensive collection of boxes. Many of these boxes feature elaborate carving.
8.7"l. x 7.9"w. x 4.7"h.

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