The companion piece to this chest, in the Pierre Uldry collection, was included in the exhibition Chinesisches Cloisonné. Die Sammlung Pierre Uldry, Rietberg Museum, Zurich, 1985, cat. no. 315. The riverscape scene adorning these boxes depicts the journey undertaken by many candidates to sit the government examinations in the hope of becoming officials. Coupled with the inscriptions on the sails of two boats, hui shi, denoting the examination for the jinshi degree, and ling, which can be translated as 'command', the scenes suggest that these chests may have been presented as a gift upon success in the jinshi examinations or the scholastic use of these boxes.
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