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  • Description

    Lucky red envelope ['xiao hong bao' in Mandarin; 'lai see' in Cantonese]. Gold and multi-xolour on red. This envelope was designed for giving gifts of money at Chinese New Year and at birthdays.(obverse) Printed on a yellow rectangular background within a gold patterned border. The design features the Three Stellar Deities, with two boy attendants and one female attendant. The character 壽 [long life] is repeated as part of the pattern on Shoulao's robe.
    (reverse) The inscription on the back names the bank. The inscription on the flap gives instructions for use.


  • Authority

  • Date

    • 2001
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 173 millimetres (with flap open)
    • Width: 85 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        on flap
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        shenqi zi tie jiaokou
      • Inscription Translation

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        美國亞洲銀行 Bank of America (Asia) Ltd.
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Meiguo Yazhou yinhang
      • Inscription Translation

        Bank of America (Asia) Ltd
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        (1) 三星拱照
        (2) 壽 (in the pattern on Shoulao's robes)
      • Inscription Transliteration

        (1) san xing gong zhao
        (2) shou
      • Inscription Translation

        (1) May the Three Stars shine on you
        (3) long life
      • Inscription Comment

        The Three Stars refers to the Three Stellar Deities: Fu xing, Lu xing and Shou xing, who are depicted on the front.
  • Exhibition history


    2009 1 Aug-1 Dec, Basingstoke, The Willis Museum, 'China: Journey to the East'
    2010 29 Jan-9 May, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear Museums, 'China: Journey to the East'

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  • Acquisition notes

    The collection 2001-0303 was purchased by the donor in Hong Kong in 2001.

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

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