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money envelope

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2001,0303.23

  • Description

    Lucky red envelope ['xiao hong bao' in Mandarin; 'lai see' in Cantonese]. Gold and multi-colour on red. This envelope was designed for giving gifts of money at Chinese New Year and at birthdays.(obverse) The design is 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.

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  • Authority

  • Date

    • 2001
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

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

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        back
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese and English
      • 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
      • Inscription Position

        front
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • 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
        (2) long life
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on flap
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        神奇自貼膠口
      • Inscription Transliteration

        shenqi zi tie jiaokou
      • Inscription Translation

        self-adhesive
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2009 24 Jan-19 Apr, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, 'China: Journey to the East'
    2009 2 May-19 Jul, Coventry, The Herbert, 'China: Journey to the East'

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2001

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number

    2001,0303.23

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.
The design is 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 ? [long life] is repeated as part of the pattern on Shoulao's robe.
The inscription on the back names the bank. The inscription on the flap gives instructions for use.

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. The design is 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 ? [long life] is repeated as part of the pattern on Shoulao's robe. The inscription on the back names the bank. The inscription on the flap gives instructions for use.

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