What’s the oldest thing you own? (Toys, clothing, twinkies, Grecian urns: anything’s fair game.) Recount its history — from the object’s point of view.
I am from the Qing Dynasty. I have survived many things. This Dynasty was founded in 1644 and had seen much prosperity. I am a black lacquered Dresser, hand painted, with mother of pearl inlay. I date back to 1895 before the lost war with Japan and the defeat during the Boxer Uprising of 1900. I am not only old and beautiful, but also precious and elegant. I am from a time of diligent careful craftsmanship, which can be seen in my exquisite inlays and hand painted detail. A time before almost forgot.
I am doubly precious, since I survived the struggles and uprisings of a revolution against the Manchu government.
I have come all the way from a small town in China, to live in a place far from my beginnings. I traveled over rough seas, after being discovered in a dusty village barn. Here I languished for what seemed an eternity. Nothing but dust dancing in sun beams and dark cold nights marked the passing of time. But now, I sit in storage, bubble wrapped for my future glory. I wait patiently to be unwrapped to a new world, how I will shine. There will be no antics, I am of course sedate, dignified and beautiful.