ancestor tablet

Ancestor tablet, covered in red lacquer and gilt, of which the main wooden panel has two vertical columns of script with a decorative border. The main panel is inserted into a wooden back panel with a carved dragon above. The image of the open-mouthed dragon projects over the top. Below this is a crest. These two panels fit into a rectangular wooden base which has a hole, square in section, underneath, presumably for the tablet to slot on to a supporting post. Around the border of the main panel are two carved dragons, one on each side, and abstract shapes top and bottom. The left column of the script, five characters, is the name of the person who paid for the shrine, the right column of 17 characters, is the name of the deceased. The carved base panel has two mythological guardian creatures, one each side of a peony.

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