Cul­ture: A com­pact his­tory of women’s pow­der boxes

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PAGE TWO -

Pow­der boxes were of­ten sent by men as a to­ken of love to women they ad­mired. They were also given as gifts to friends and rel­a­tives. One chap­ter from the Chi­nese clas­sic TheDreamofRedCham­ber lists the presents sent to a no­ble young lady — they in­cluded a pow­der box. In gen­eral, only the rich and elite could af­ford com­pacts, es­pe­cially ex­quis­ite porce­lain and jade ones. As skills im­proved, com­pacts be­came finer, made from valu­able ma­te­ri­als and in dif­fer­ent shapes, more like pieces of art rather than sim­ple boxes. lion, ac­count­ing for more than 72 per­cent of China’s in­ter­net pop­u­la­tion, the 2016 China On­line Stream­ing De­vel­op­ment Study Re­port said. The study was pub­lished by the China Net­cast­ing Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion, a group set up in 2011. Watch­ing video on­line has be­come the pri­mary form of on­line en­ter­tain­ment in China, the re­port said.

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