Chinese brass tin

Chinese brass tin

Medium: Metal: brass
Dimensions:
7 × 5.3 cm (2 3/4 × 2 1/16 in.)
Classification: Decorative Arts
Object number: 1985.9.3
Label text:Item belonged to Emelda Beeler Chisholm and was kept on her desk in the front hall of Erchless (between the wall sconces). Emelda kept her stamps in this box "whenever she could get it open!".
Lotus: The lotus is one of the most significant flowers in the Chinese culture. It symbolizes the holy seat of Buddha. Because the flower rises from the mud and blooms in exquisite beauty it symbolizes perfection and purity of both the heart and mind. It also represents long life and honor. The lotus flower is depicted in Chinese art, poetry and architecture. -- http://www.flowermeaning.com/chinese-flower-meanings/


DescriptionDecorative cylindrical-shaped brass box; sealed lid; side engraved with a Chinese dragon and lotus flower surrounded by swirls of smoke on a background of small punched circles; lid with Chinese character 'Fu' (Fortune or Good Luck) on a punched circle background in the center encircled by row of repetitive designs, triangles and stylized lotus flower.
Uniformity of texture on base indicates container is machine-made.
Not on display