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Antique Chinese box with inkstone and abacus Qing

Antique Chinese box with inkstone and abacus Qing


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Scholar Art: Pre 1900: Item # 981063

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This antique Chinese box would have been used during the Qing dynasty, possibly by a scholar or shop keeper. The bottom of this box has covered compartments for seals, chops,calligraphy brush, ink sticks and a built in inkstone. There is an abacus built into the lid.

The original hinge pin was lost and has been replaced. The box was made with large dovetail joints and from a hard wood of unknown origins. The outside is dirty and I have not cleaned it. It was clearly heavily used and there is ink residue on the ink stone and compartment lids. Size approx 8.5 x 5 x 3.5 inches