Chinese hardwood box, likely Zitan wood, the top elaborately carved with two dragons flanking a bird or phoenix with leaf in beak, surrounded by Chinese characters and flowers, enclosed within a border of carved bats and flowers. The dragon motif is repeated on the front and sides of the box, as well as the interior of lid, which also features a carved shield with motto, "Sola Virtus" and rising sun. 5 1/3" H x 19" W x 11" D. Late Qing Dynasty, likely 19th century. Provenance: the estate of Dr. Howard T. DeHaven, Columbia, TN. CONDITION: Overall good condition with some losses to carving, particularly on top, including lower right front of top (under bird). Small loss at keyhole area and to edge of carved shield. Minor scattered wear.
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