Carved Octagon Box of 90% Gold Inlaid with Gems

 

Qing Dynasty
Height: 6.9cm
Length: 15cm

This box is made of high-purity gold. Its surface is decorated with patterns created with three techniques - engraving, wiring and inlaying. There are a total of 318 precious gems of different colors inlaid, including jade, sapphire, ruby and tourmaline etc.

Gold ware of the Qing Dynasty retained the characters of those of the Ming Dynasty that were mostly inlaid with gems. At the same time, further developments and technical improvements were made, with more elaborate patterns than those on the Ming Dynasty ware. According to record, on December 5th, 1928, two gold boxes like this one were sorted out in the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity in the Summer Palace.