Picnic basket with scene from Investiture of the Gods


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The decorative designs on this box attest to the popular taste for the fantastical and the auspicious. Its cover displays an exciting scene from the sixteenth-century mythological novel Investiture of the Gods (Fengshen Yanyi). The fairy at the top left corner sends out magic scissors to cut her enemy; in the story he escapes, but his deer is less fortunate.

Picnic basket with scene from Investiture of the Gods, Hardwood (zitan) inlaid with mother-of-pearl and soapstone, China

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