Wooden block painted cinnabar red with a carved floral design framing an inner square that contains six characters in the top and lower right, center, and left corners and a large character in the middle (“longevity”) with an image of two coins suspended from the wings of a stylized bat in the lower center.
Block for printing “longevity” money, which was used exclusively in the worship of deities to celebrate their birthdays, or as a means of thanking them for blessings already bestowed, or to ask for long life or other benefits. In addition to the large character for “longevity” in the center, the four characters at the top right, center, left, and at the lower margin express wishes for sons, emolument, wealth, and honor. A “double happiness” character is in each lower corner. Two coins are suspended from the wings of a stylized bat, a symbol of happiness because the pronunciation of the character for “bat’ (fu) is identical to that for happiness. To produce the “spirit money,” the carved images would be printed in red over a patch of gold foil placed on top of a wide orange-colored swatch painted on coarse paper.
ON RECTO. Painted text on open book page, upside down to viewer: 27 / Peter ____field? is? / to the earf__nec ________ / by his own Ende__d / enclosed Le? vel__ __ ____ / tri____ f___t ________ / Deposited for collection records
On the plate, l.l.: Israel ex. Cum Privil. Reg. On the plate, lower right margin: 13 On the plate, lower margin, six verse lines in groups of two disposed from left to right: Ces ennemis du Ciel que pechent mil fois Contre les saincts Decrets et les divines Liox Font gloire méchamment de pillar et d'abattre Les temples du Vray Dieu d'une main idolatre Mais pour punition de les avoir brulez Ils sont eux mesmes enfin aux flammes immolez