清代白玉香盒, Qing Dynasty Jade Pomander (Censer Box), D. 5.5cm, T. 2cm

simg11b清代白玉香盒直徑5.5公分,厚度2公分

 

玉香盒扁圓形盒,可分兩面打開,內置錦囊,用來包香品。本器白玉雕琢,一面飾雙鯉,魚與「餘」同音,「吉慶有餘」「年年有餘」可寫成「吉慶有魚」,「年年有魚」,都有喜慶富裕、祝願美好的意思。一面飾荷花,周敦頤之名篇《愛蓮說》稱其「出污泥而不染」,讚美荷花的高貴品格,將其視為清白、高潔的象徵。補白處皆鑽孔,以便香氣外溢。Carved with open work style, the object is a censer box ( pomander ), the box is opened into two pieces to keep a purse for holding censer material inside, the covers are decorated with fish and lotus flower. The fish signify surplus of wealth, while the lotus flower carrying the meaning of purity. There are holes on the covers in order to release the fragrance out.28844411illus-histoire-du-parfum-moyen-age-jpg