Painted Opera Trunk in Black Lacquer
Gansu, circa 1880
This delightful trunk is in its original black lacquer, with paintings that depict a scene from a Chinese opera - two figures at a table dressed in bright robes. This main scene is flanked to the sides and below with further paintings of flowers. The trunk is of a type used by opera troupes as they toured the countryside promoting their production. The painting on the front was effectively an advert for whatever opera they were performing.
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