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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.282

  • Description

    Longquan porcelain box and lid. The box has glassy grey-green glaze. There is a carved and incised floral motif on the lid.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 907-1000
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 35 millimetres
    • Diameter: 82 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 282

    Cosmetics or seal paste box


    This small round box with a flat cover is carved with a morning glory flower. Potters first incised the bloom with six petals and then added combed details. This combing is a feature of tenth century ceramics and the shape is reminiscent of early Northern Song or even Tang silver boxes.


    Stoneware, porcelain-type, with carved and incised decoration and celadon glaze
    Longquan ware 龍泉窯
    Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 龍泉地區
    Northern Song dynasty or Five dynasties, about AD 907–1000

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  • Bibliography

    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 p.13, Fig.4 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.36, no.112 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.49, no.282 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case2/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.282


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