This charming little hinged copper box opens to reveal a lower compartment fitted with a seal on one side and a space on the opposite side with its original red paste. The handle of the seal is a bronze Foo Dog (Guardian Lion) and the actual seal is engraved with Chinese characters which are said to read the family name of 'Bao Yu'. This resulting seal imprint, also known as a ‘chop’, was a favoured part of Chinese culture. The box does not currently snap closed but otherwise the item is in very good condition for age. This is a lovely and intriguing example of its culture and would be of interest to those who collect Oriental or writing-related items. Box measure 2 ins (5cm) x 1 in (2.5cm). Weight 44 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 346.
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