Chinese shop sign, 1701-1900

Made:
1701-1900 in China
Chinese wooden shop sign, probably from a pharmacy Chinese shop sign, 1701-1900 (advertisement)

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Chinese wooden shop sign, probably from a pharmacy
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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
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A631420
Materials:
whole, wood
Measurements:
overall: 812 mm x 440 mm x 40 mm, 1.92 kg
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