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Silver Cube-Shaped Box with Peacock

Tang Dynasty

Height: 10cm   Weight: 1500g

Unearthed from the southern suburbs of Xi'an City in 1970

The silver box with a flat top bears traditional Chinese auspicious images on each side, such as the peacock, the children, the swan goose and the phoenix. These are the tails of a group of silver rivets pounded flatter in the places of punched holes to hold a spare part of a silver box on the opposite side. The head of the silver rivet is hammered and polished and becomes part of the decorative pattern on the surface which is hard to be distinguished from the body. The lock and hinges of the silver box are attached to the box in the same way.