Cigarette box

This pure white porcelain box with overglazed plum blossom design is a style of ceramics that was made for Mao Ze Dong during the Cultural Revolution. These were reportedly used at Zhongnanhai, the home of the highest ranking members of the Communist party in Beijing. Other items in the set include bowls, tea spoons, dishes, ashtrays, vases and other decorative pieces.The plum blossom motif has been popular in Chinese art for centuries. Regarded as a symbol of endurance, it has come to signify the communists’ perseverance in the revolutionary struggle.

Date/Period
1960s-1970s
Region
China
Accession No.
1997-04988
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr Xu Cheng Bin