box (food processing & storage)

A circular food box made of bamboo and wood, standing on a high foot, with a lid and right-angled handle above. The interior, base and handle are covered in red lacquer, while the exterior is covered in orange lacquer, probably a mixture of red lacquer with gold powder. The exterior is also painted with dense decoration in black paint. The lid is decorated with two butterflies and a fan among floral motifs, encircled by a band of curl-work on the top surface, followed by another band of curl-work on a sloping shoulder, and a band of floral motifs on the side of the lid. The body is decorated with a butterfly and a fan among floral motifs within a panel. The same design is found within the panel on the other side, but this also features a gourd and stylised rhinoceros horn. The foot is decorated with a band of curl-work.

Label: Old grey exhibition label printed with black text.

Used for carrying food generally or at a Chinese wedding by the groom's family to bring food and other auspicious items to the bride's family a few days before the wedding.

Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be errors. This part of the website is also still under construction, so there may be some fields repeated or incorrectly formatted information.

The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.

If you have any further information about objects in our collections or can suggest corrections to our information, please contact us: enquiry@horniman.ac.uk