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Finely decorated in gilt with a dragon or ‘Shou’ eating the symbol of eternity
A wood handle to the reverse
Early 19th Century
Size: 65cm dia. – 25½ ins dia.
Thence by descent. Reputed to be from the Forbidden Palace of Annam
In 1883 the French invaded Hue, and Tonkin and Annam became French protectorates. However, the French maintained the illusion of Imperial rule and a rapid succession of Emperor’s marked the early days of French colonialism as the rulers either fled or were replaced by the French.