Sliding box pocket, Qing dynasty, 1875-1899. Silk and metal thread embroidery on silk; length: 5 5/8 in, 14.29 cm; overall length: 17 in; width: 2 7/8 in, 7.30 cm. Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of James P. Grant and Betty Grant Austin, 1977.419 © Denver Art Museum
The two sides of this box have different exquisitely embroidered, highly detailed images. On a lavender-colored background, cranes, a pair of peacocks, and other birds appear amid flowers, a pine tree and a rock. The three rams and red sun on the opposite side represent wishes for a "new start with auspicious possibilities and chances for prosperity."