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Amber Peach Bowl

Chinese, Qing dynasty, 1736-1796, Bowl carved from a single piece of amber,10.5 x 18.5 x 25.5

This exceptionally large single piece of amber is carved as a 'nest' to contain a single peach. It was  made during the Qing dynasty, probably during the Qianlong reign (1736-1796).   In China, the peach is a symbol of long life and plenty. The bowl is full of other auspicious symbols:  bats for happiness, monkeys for long life, insects for immortality and resurrection.  The amber itself is symbolic of strength and courage.  The interior of the bowl is carved with a fiery dragon, which represents the Chinese Emperor for whom this sculpture may have been intended.  The bowl was given to the LACF by Audrey Burton, in memory of Stanley Burton, in 1992.