Merchants Travel Chest
Shanxi, circa 1860
This old wooden chest would have belonged to a Chinese merchant, used to hold his wares as he travelled the region. It is made from 'Wutong' wood from the Chinese parasol tree - a material often used for Chinese musical instruments due to its excellent sonic properties. The joins at the side and on the lid of the trunk are supported with the old iron braces and the brass clasp on the front is also original. Still in its now worn black lacquer finish, the chest is decorated on the front with Chinese characters set against a red background. The main character in the central circle essentially means ‘thousands of tons of gold’ and the characters at either side talk of trading all of the world and bringing in money from everywhere.
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