Covered cosmetic octagonal box with Qingbai glaze moulded with a flower pattern accompanied with a small dish – Song Dynasty

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A thinly potted box and cover of octagonal shape and straight sides with a moulded pattern of flowers. It is covered with a pale greenish/blue glaze except for the base. Inside the box is a small shallow dish with an unglazed underside. These moulded cosmetic boxes were common during southern Song and comes in many shapes and types of decoration. This box was probably made in a Fujian or Jiangxi kiln, but comparable boxes were also produced in Lin'an Tianmu kiln, Zhejiang.

Period: Southern Song dynasty (AD 1127-1279)

Size: Dia 7 cm , height 4.5 cm

Condition: Age related wear, crazing, minor crack and chip, repair to lid approximately 2.5 cm long (see two last pictures)

Provenance: Swedish private collection

SKU: 31

References: A similar octagonal box, also including a small dish, was exhibited in the Museum of Far Easter Antiques in Stockholm 1965. It is illustrated in “Sung-Ming, Treasures from the Holger Lauritzen Collection, M.F.E.A. Exhibition Catalogue NO. 3, 1965, Plates 32a, 32b.

More info: Qingbai ware