A round heavy bronze box with red paste residue on the interior and an inscription on the lid.
Six characters in cursive grass script tooled into the lid 至樂莫如讀書. This translates, “The happiest thing is to study books." The box has a nice heavy weight and a nice dull gold bronze color. It may have been an ink box because the lid underside has a black residue that mostly cleaned off.
Circular lathe marks are visible on both the bottom of base and the underside of the lid.
1 7/8” (4.8 cm) diameter x ¾” (1.9 cm) tall. Weighs 2.2 oz (60 g)
There are no dents, cracks, or breaks. There is spotting from oxidization and light wear scratches over all. There is a red residue from seal paste in the box interior and black ink residue on the underside of the lid.
A small scholars object that has age and refinement. It will make a great addition to a collection.
Chinese 19th C Scholar’s Bronze Seal Paste or Ink Box