A pair of black lacquer boxes and covers of Shou character form
Qianlong period, 18th century, China
清乾隆 18世紀 中國
Height: 35 cm, 13.8 inches
Each box and cover is in the form of the Shou character, the character symbolising longevity. The wood core is painted in black lacquer and decorated with bats amongst clouds in gold on a red ground. In Chinese culture bats traditionally symbolise blessing.