A rare, finely carved, coconut bow, with silver liner, bearing the carved, malachite inlaid inscription - "De Fen Cang Sheng" - which can translate - "High Moral Standards Stimulate People". The silver is stamped with the shop mark "Bao Sheng Xiang" which was established by Ding Wan-Yu. The following is a transation from an article on the Chinese internet: "Ding Wan-Yu, was a well-known coconut carving artist in Hainan, the southmost province in China. In 1921, he opened an art & craft shop called “Bao Sheng Xiang”, on Zhongshan Road, Haikou City, selling the famous Hainan Coconut carving and his own artwork, and at the same time fixing clocks and watches. At the time, new roads were built in Haikou City, and on one of the roads - Changdi Road there was a bell tower, on which the big clock facing four directions was designed and installed by Ding Wan-Yi on the request of the Head of Haikou Chamber of Commerce. Ding’s finely-carved coconut objects, such as Hainan Xiangshan Mount, “Shou”(longivity), “Xi”(happiness) and landscape and figures, were selected, stored and exhibited in Beijing Palace Museum. In 1928 and 1933, he was invited by Mr Zhong Jin-Quan, the Consulate of Haikou Chamber of Commerce in France, to go to French Annam (now Central Vietnam) to exhibit and sell at the International Exhibition. In 1929, he attended the China Domestic Goods Exhibition in Shanghai, and other exhibitions in Qiongshan County, Haikou City and other places and was highly praised. He was awarded Silver Medals and Certificates from the French International Exhibition and by Mr Kong Xiang-Xi, the Head of Commercial Ministry in the Repulic of China . His work was also selected by government departments as gifts to important politicians and millitary officers such as Sun Zhong-Shan and Li Zong-Ren. Since then, Hainan coconut carving is not only famous in China, but also globally." Condition - very good - no losses and no restoration. 5cm (2 inches) high; 12.5cm (4.9 inches) diameter.