REIGN OF H.M. EMPEROR MINH MANG (1820-1841).... - Lot 89 - Lynda Trouvé

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REIGN OF H.M. EMPEROR MINH MANG (1820-1841).... - Lot 89 - Lynda Trouvé
REIGN OF H.M. EMPEROR MINH MANG (1820-1841). Rare rectangular box in phap lam enamels on copper, painted in polychrome, the lid decorated with an Annamese dragon with four claws surrounding the central grip taking the form of flower petals in silver low title, the central scene surrounded by a frieze decorated with flowering scrolls on a pink background. The sides are decorated with reserves, the front side decorated with dragons facing each other hunting the sacred pearl among evanescent clouds on a green background, the back side showing two qilin in a wooded landscape. The sides of the box decorated with a phoenix and a turtle emerging from the sea on a white background. The lid is encircled by a frieze of Greek and circled with copper. Minh Mang mark on the reverse with two characters on a white background. The imperial copper enamel workshops or "phap lam ty tuong cuc" were founded by decree of H.M. Emperor Minh Mang in Hue to meet the needs of the Court. Inspired by the technique imported from China by the craftsmen who came to build the royal palaces of Hue during his reign, phap lam enamels are rare and were mainly produced for the dignitaries and the royal family. The box we present is no exception: probably made for a high-ranking person, the quality of its decoration and its iconography are typical of the Minh Mang period. The four celestial and sacred animals of Vietnam are represented: the dragon, symbol of imperial power and personification of the Son of Heaven, the qilin, auspicious animal bringing good fortune, the phoenix, symbol of peace and nobility, commonly associated with the empress and princesses and finally the turtle, symbol of longevity. According to legend, these four sacred animals are responsible for the creation of the world. Indochina, work of the imperial workshops of Hué for the Court, 19th century. Height: 7 cm. Length: 14 cm. Depth: 8,5 cm. (Good general condition. Some missing pieces).
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