Other Curio in National Palace Museum, part2
Welcome to the National Palace Museum's collection of curios! Here you can explore some of the most unique and interesting artifacts from China's imperial past. Our collection includes a Round Box with Peony Decor Filled-In Lacquerware, a Cloisonne Box with Lotus Decoration, a Glass Inside-Painted Snuff Bottle with a Traveling Scene and a Pair of "Bovet" Pocket Watches with Pearls and Painted Enamel. These pieces are all incredibly detailed and tell us about the culture and lifestyle of people during this time period. Come take a look at these fascinating artifacts today!
1. Round Box with Peony Decor Filled-In Lacquerware
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2. Cloisonne Box with Lotus Decoration
This lotus cloisonné box is composed of filigree work on a copper body. The flat lid is decorated with lotus blossoms and pods. The sides of both the box and lid are curved after the shape of lotus petals.
3. Glass Inside-Painted Snuff Bottle with a Traveling Scene
Western snuff and snuff containers entered China in the late 17th century. At its peak, various Western countries and the Vatican in Rome often presented snuff and snuff containers as gifts to the court. Since snuff boxes were not ideal containers for snuff, people at the time adapted and used small-mouthed jars originally used in the Ming dynasty for medicine. This is the format of the snuff bottle that became the one with which we are now familiar
4. Pair of "Bovet" pocket watches with pearls and painted enamel
Ever since they were brought to China during the Ming and Qing eras, western clocks and watches were held in high esteem and much beloved by the imperial court, government officials, and merchant class, and they eventually became an important medium for cultural interaction between China and the west during the modern era. Pocket watches, with their intricate design and wearable nature, became not only a convenient instrument for telling the time, but also a status symbol and precious collectable. These two pocket watches, decorated with painted enamel and inset with pearls, are paired watches with symmetrical imagery.