Vintage Chinese Hand-Carved Rosewood Peach Box | 1930-1940
In China, where studies suggest peaches originated, (2000BC). Tare appreciated because of their rejuvenating properties, until the point that blooming peach trees were considered a symbol of youthfulness, immortality, and purity. Peaches were mentioned in Chinese writings as far back as the 10th century BC, and were a favored fruit of emperors.
The Peach and its blossoms continue to be highly prized in Chinese culture. On New Year’s Eve, local magistrates cut peach wood branches and place them over their doors to protect against evil influences. The ancient Chinese believed the peach to possess more vitality than any other tree because their blossoms appear before leaves sprout. When early rulers of China traveled, they were preceded by sorcerers armed with peach rods to protect them from spectral evils. Jewels were also carried in peach boxes to protect the contents from harm.
The peach remains a symbol of love, prosperity, vitality, growth, acquisition, fertility, and purity and containers such as the piece shown are still given as gifts to friends and visitors alike. This rosewood container, which is carved from one solid piece of rosewood, is nicely detailed and showing its fine wood grain. It is in excellent condition and beautifully represents a large peach and foliage (stem and leaves). Dimensions: 4-0”h x 6-3/4”l x 4-1/2”w