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.
- Found/Acquired: Hong Kong
- (Asia,China,Hong Kong)
- Length: 173 millimetres (with flap open)
- Width: 85 millimetres
Inscription Positionon flap
Inscription Transliterationshenqi zi tie jiaokou
Inscription Content美國亞洲銀行 Bank of America (Asia) Ltd.
Inscription TransliterationMeiguo Yazhou yinhang
Inscription TranslationBank of America (Asia) Ltd
Inscription Content(1) 三星拱照
(2) 壽 (in the pattern on Shoulao's robes)
Inscription Transliteration(1) san xing gong zhao
Inscription Translation(1) May the Three Stars shine on you
(3) long life
Inscription CommentThe Three Stars refers to the Three Stellar Deities: Fu xing, Lu xing and Shou xing, who are depicted on the front.
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'
The collection 2001-0303 was purchased by the donor in Hong Kong in 2001.
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