Wood: fasting tablet

One rectangular brown carved wood fasting tablet. Obverse and reverse present a relief-carved botanical border surrounding a central rectangle containing two inscribed Chinese characters: 齋戒 (zhai jie, “fasting”); and 潔靜 (jie jing, “clean and pure”). One end of the pendant is threaded through with orange cord.
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Acquired by Alley in Beijing. Gifted to Canterbury Museum by Alley in 1937 during a visit to New Zealand. In 1956, loaned to the Rewi Alley Chinese Art and Crafts Exhibition, held at the Provincial Council Chambers, Christchurch.
Dimensions (LxWxH): 59 x 41 x 8mm (2 5/16 x 1 5/8 x 5/16")
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