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    Yue stoneware round box with domed cover. The box has brownish green glaze. There is an incised floral design on lid.

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    • 9thC
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    • Height: 48 millimetres
    • Diameter: 76 millimetres
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    Published PDF date : Tang dynasty 9th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 293

    Round box with flowers

    Small boxes with this design were made in silver as well as clay in the late Tang dynasty. They were probably used for cosmetics. This example has four blooms incised into its domed cover and is covered with a typical yellow-green thin Yue glaze.

    Stoneware with incised decoration and green glaze
    Yue ware 越窯
    Shanglinhu kilns, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 上林湖窯
    Tang dynasty, about AD 800–916


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    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 6 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.12, no.12 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.52, no.293 bibliographic details
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Yue stoneware round box with domed cover. The box has brownish green glaze. There is an incised floral design on lid.

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