Beautifully detailed wood pillow box covered in hand stitched leather.
Designs of birds and flowers embellish the top of the box. The interior is lined with print paper of Chinese symbols and characters.
11”L x 5”H x 4” D
Historical significance: During the Qing dynasty these boxes served two purposes: Housewives hid their belongings or important family documents in the boxes to protect them from theft since typical Chinese houses were not locked.
These boxes were also used by Chinese sailors to hide their valuables and use the boxes as their pillow when traveling. The affluent class would use leather boxes with delicate gold paintings.
All items in The Shophouse are vintage and in good condition with patina consistent with age and use; please email firstname.lastname@example.org for concise in-hand condition reports and additional photos.