Friends of winter trousse
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Length

Sheathed 28.2 cm

Knife 25.5 cm

Blade 15.8 cm

Weight

Sheathed 56 grams

Knife 20 grams

Materials

Iron, bone, báitóng, wood, lacquer, brass

Origin

China

Dating

19th century

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Description

A delicate Chinese trousse set consisting of a sheath, knife, and chopsticks. It has the less usual configuration of having the chopsticks on either side of the blade. Hilt and scabbard are lacquered black, inlaid with bone. Some of the bone is dyed green. The mounts are made of the prized báitóng (白銅).

 

 

The lacquer work is done in a way that it is flush with the mounts; it gives a nice overall appearance and the added benefit of keeping the mounts firmly in place.

The designs are of peach blossoms and bamboo, together with a cypress tree. Together these are celebrated as the Suì hán sānyǒu (歲寒三友) or "Three friends of winter." Because these hardy plants do not wither in winter, they have come to symbolize steadfastness, perseverance, and resilience.

A very charming set. 19th century.

Friends of winter trousse set
Friends of winter trousse set
Friends of winter trousse set
Friends of winter trousse set
Friends of winter trousse set
Friends of winter trousse set
Friends of winter trousse set
Friends of winter trousse set
Friends of winter trousse set

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