Survey of Chinese ceramics, £14.95
Purchased in Hong Kong, AD 2001
May wealth and treasure come to you!
This piece of chocolate money is in the form of Chinese silver ingots which were used in China until the 1930s. The ingots were used to make large or official payments, such as taxes, and the inscriptions usually relate to that function. Some very small ingots, in gold or silver, were made to give as presents and these often had a good luck inscription on them.
Here, the chocolate ingot has been wrapped in gold foil, and has four stamped impressions on the top, making up the wish 'May wealth and treasure come to you!'