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  • Museum number

    PDF.454

  • Description

    Porcelain square box resting on four triangular feet. The box has 'Qingbai' type glaze that has degraded in places. The base, the interior of the box and cover are unglazed and stained brown in places. The seven seals are unglazed and stained red.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 19thC
  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 25 millimetres
    • Width: 53 millimetres
    • Depth: 44 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        seven seals
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

    PDF 454

    Box containing seven seals


    Seals were used for official and personal purposes instead of a signature or sometimes with a brush signature. These seals are stained red from the red seal paste commonly used in China. This was made from finely ground cinnabar mineral mixed with castor oil and either silk strands or plant fibres. To print a signature or mark, the writer would press his or her seal into the paste and then stamp it on a piece of paper.


    Porcelain with blue-tinged glaze
    Shiwan (pronounced Shekwan in Cantonese) ware石灣窯
    Foshan, Nanhai county, Guangdong province, 廣東省, 南海縣, 佛山
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1800–1900

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  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.454

Porcelain square box resting on four triangular feet. The box has 'Qingbai' type glaze that has degraded in places. The base, inside the box and cover are unglazed and stained brown in places. The seven seals are unglazed and stained red.

Porcelain square box resting on four triangular feet. The box has 'Qingbai' type glaze that has degraded in places. The base, inside the box and cover are unglazed and stained brown in places. The seven seals are unglazed and stained red.

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