ContainerArtist(s)ChineseArtist NationalityChinese (culture or style)Object Creation Date20th centuryMedium & Supportcinnabar-laquered wood with metal bandDimensions
7 1/2 in. x 5 5/16 in. x 5 7/8 in. ( 19 cm x 13.5 cm x 15 cm )Credit LineGift of Ellen and Richard LaingLabel copy
Lacquered boxes and containers, long holding a place of importance in Chinese material culture, were often used as to hold all kinds of precious gifts and items as part of the trousseau or dowry of the bride. This duck-shaped container was probably used at weddings, perhaps to serve rice or some other food. Red is the color of happiness, appropriate for a wedding while mandarin ducks, believed to mate for life, are symbols of marital bliss and conjugal fidelity.
(Label for UMMA Chinese Gallery Opening Rotation, March 2009)Subject matter
This duck-shaped container was probably used at weddings, perhaps to serve rice or some other food. Red is the color of happiness, appropriate for a wedding. Mandarin ducks, believed to mate for life, are symbols of marital bliss and conjugal fidelity.Physical Description
Red lacquered wooden duck-shaped container wth lidPrimary Object Classification Wood and Woodcarving Primary Object TypecontainerAdditional Object Classification(s)Decorative ArtsCollection AreaAsianRights
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