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Card case (1st side)

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made in Canton, China

Card case (1st side)
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This shows one side of a carved ivory card case made in Canton in China in the mid 19th century. Such cases were popular trade items.

The carving depicts figures in a landscape setting with trees and pavilions. The figures are holding fans.

From the early 18th century until around 1880 Canton was a major producer of ivory artefacts such as ladies' fans, workboxes, snuffboxes and card cases. The densely-packed high relief carving derives from lacquer and jade carvings.

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