This tabletop cosmetic cabinet with removable front panel can be dated reliably to the mid-sixteenth century. This popular type of cabinet was also made in hardwood with hinged doors throughout the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties. The box is decorated with a richly orchestrated scheme of symbolic plants and animals. The cartouches on the top and sides display the auspicious phoenix and cranes amongst clouds. The carved décor also includes symbols of long life--the shou character, ling-chih fungus, and peaches--and the "three friends of winter" (pine, bamboo, prunus), which represent perseverance and virtue. The cabinet is a product of the official workshops of the Chia-ching era. On its base is an engraved and gilded mark reading T'a Ming Chia-ching nian chih (made in the Chia-ching reign of the great Ming).