Huanghuali painting scroll box

This long rectangular box is made from a single piece of wood that has been split into two – one piece for the body and the other the cover – so the wood grain forms a continuum. The sides of the box are mounted with brass sheets while the corners have similar mounts featuring a cloud-scroll pattern. The pull on the front are also shaped as cloud-heads. This box is noted for its exquisite design and meticulous workmanship. Its function is to store important and large-sized scroll of painting or calligraphy.

Date/Period
Late Ming dynasty (Late 16th-early 17th centuries)
Region
China
Dimension
Object size: 15.3 x 161.5 x 14.8 cm
Accession No.
2000-05638
Material
Huanghuali and high zinc-content white brass
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Woodcarving