A Descriptive Catalogue of the Chinese Collection, Now Exhibiting at St. George's Place, London

A Descriptive Catalogue of the Chinese Collection, Now Exhibiting at St. George's Place, London

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ...the other party has done the same, and finally repeats the first nod of the head, holding the cup downward before him, to show that it is quite empty. It is a compliment in China to tell a man that his ability to drink wine is great. 476. Rosary, composed of beads, from the stones of the Pimela of Louriero or Chinese Olive, carved in imitation of the Shup Paat Lo Han or 18 disciples of Buddha. 477. A porcelain snuff bottle. 478. Ancient marble figure on stand. 479. Small metallic candlestick. 480. A beautiful white porcelain vessel on stand. 481. Carved mother-of-pearl ornament, attached to the neck of the outer garment. 482. A signet or hand seal placed upon official documents, on the top of which is a representation of a lion and whelp. The national seal is called " Se," and is made of some precious stone; bearing the words " the gem of the imperial pencil often thousand.springs;" others are made of gold, silver, or copper; some are square, and others oblong, which varieties are intended to mark the difference of rank. The box containing the ofiicial seal, is generally covered with yellow cloth. Dr. Morrison says, the Chinese phrase " Fang _i/in," i. 6., "to shut up the seal," implies, to desist from the ordinary business of the public courts, in the last month of the year; and " to open out the seal," implies a re-commencement of public business, after ending the new year's holidays, which continue from about the twentieth of the twelfth moon, to the twentieth of the first moon. 483. Glass-box for containing the red pigment used with seals. 484. Model of a mandarin's couch, called " Kang," which occasionally answers for a bed; it is made of the wood...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236930746
  • 9781236930743