Chinese shop sign, 1701-1900

Made:
1701-1900 in China
maker:
Unknown

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Chinese wooden shop sign, probably from a pharmacy, 18th-19th century. Decoration includes chinese characters below the face of a toothed dragon or cat figure.

Shop signs such as this one were hung outside pharmacies selling traditional Chinese remedies. This example shows Chinese writing beneath a ferocious-looking animal. This shop sign was sent from Hong Kong to the Church Mission Department in Bristol.

Details

Category:
Pharmacy-ware
Object Number:
A631420
type:
advertisement
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication

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