12.5 x 20.2cm overall:
a - base; 7 x 20cm; height x diameter
b - lid; 6.5 x 20.2cm; height x diameter
On the top of this round box is a five-clawed dragon swimming in the ocean in pursuit of a flaming pearl. The middle section is decorated with a carved floral motif of peonies. The palace origin of the love for peonies during the Sui and Tang dynasties（6th-10th centuries) helped establish the noble status of the flower and earn its name as "the flower of wealth and rank". The application of both dragon and peony designs on this object reflects the essence of the decorative art in the Qing Dynasty, with every design having meaning, and every meaning auspicious.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012
Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012.