It seems that in old China, no one left home without some decorative amulet or ornamental carrier for things like snuff, grooming aids, money, or perhaps a prayer or meditation inside.
This old cloisonne box is enameled on brass with colorful florals against a cinnabar red colored background.
The box measures 1 1/2 inches across by 2 1/4 inches high. It's 5/8 inch thick. The lid is attached via a cord with a cloisonne bead. The cord is tied so that the box opens very slightly. Whoever had this wore it as a decorative piece and not so much for storage. The cord could be restrung to allow for using the box for pills or trinkets.
The silk cord measures 26 inches around. Necklace weighs 64.7 grams.
The brass retains original unpolished patina. The enamel is excellent with just the normal nuances of the cloisonne process. The cord is tightly tied...could be loosened with a little effort.
Overall, a unique attractive old piece that can be functional too.
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Old Cloisonne Enamel Box Pendant for Snuff n Stuff Necklace
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