Open Tues–Sun, 10 am – 5 pm


Object Number:29-96-732
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: China
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1895
Late Date: 1896
Iconography:Chinese New Year
Inscription Language:Chinese Language
Height: 63.5 cm
Width: 44.5 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904


Advertisement for the British pharmacy, A.S. Watson & Co. with auspicious symbols and inscriptions. Given out to clients as a promotional gift. The scene at the bottom depicts a procession for a man, wearing a pink robe and hat, receiving the highest rank on the civil exams. The box at the bottom is a lunar calendar made for the Chinese New Year with a list of medicines on the right. The left box names different branches of the pharmacy in China, Hong Kong, Macau and England. Two seals at top corners, the United Kingdom royal coat of arms on the right and left. The boxes at the top and middle are praise for the pharmacy from various high level officials. There are three female deities at the top with headresses flanked by servants. The logo of the company depicts a pagoda flanked by a dragon and unicorn. Traces of words A.S. Watson & Co., London, England, cut off at bottom.

You may also be interested in these objects:

Report problems and issues to digitalmedia@pennmuseum.org.