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Secrets of Spurlock

perfume holder

As the most difficult type of wood to carve, this antique carving from the 18th century Qing Dynasty in China is highly prized. The plant it comes from represents longevity as it flourishes throughout the winter.

What is this relic and what is it made from?

Answer: This bamboo perfume holder displays designs of a warrior on horseback with a landscape background. Part of the Fred A. Freund Collection, this carving is one of more than 200 Japanese and Chinese materials Freund donated to the museum. View more artifacts in this collection.

Image: Perfume holder (1999.13.0006A), courtesy of the Spurlock Museum.