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Elegant stationery cases from ancient royal court

2017-09-04 18:40 ChineseTime

The Palace Museum in Beijing has shared a range of photos of its collection of stationery cases on micro blog Sina Weibo in celebration of the back-to-school season. As students are busy preparing stationery for the new semester, let's take a look at some stationery cases used in the ancient royal court. Stationery accessories were usually displayed prominently on emperors' tables, while cases used to hold them were also very exquisite. From basic-style functional stationery case to artistic stationery box, they can be seen in the images below.

Elegant stationery cases from ancient royal court
A red-lacquered stationery case carved with patterns of twisting branches and lotus from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Elegant stationery cases from ancient royal court
A rectangle gold-lacquered stationery case painted with landscape and pavillions, from the Qing Dynasty.

Elegant stationery cases from ancient royal court
A rectangle purple-lacquered stationery case inlaid with mother-in-pearl, and decorated with fish and algae patterns, from the Daoguang Period of the Qing Dynasty.

Elegant stationery cases from ancient royal court
An asparagus-glazed stationery box inlaid with jade from the Qing Dynasty.

Elegant stationery cases from ancient royal court
An asparagus-glazed stationery box with handles and decorated with string patterns from the Qianlong Period of the Qing Dynasty.

Elegant stationery cases from ancient royal court
A stationery box from the Qing Dynasty.

Elegant stationery cases from ancient royal court
A stationery case made of red sandalwood from the Qing Dynasty.

Elegant stationery cases from ancient royal court
A stationery box from the Qianlong Period of the Qing Dynasty.

Elegant stationery cases from ancient royal court
A stationery case made of red sandalwood from the Qing Dynasty.

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