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Lidded box

  • Place of origin:

    Fujian (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 13th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain with moulded decoration and green lead glaze

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Ayers

  • Museum number:

    FE.1:1, 2-2001

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 2, shelf 4 []

Physical description

Small box with lid and moulded decoration. Made of greyish porcelain containing iron specks and impurities; the round form is slightly irregular. Inside base and lid the glaze is clear. The outside of the base including the foot-ring has a shiny green lead glaze. The outside of the lid also bears green lead glaze that is paler in colour and dull, and the tortoise in the centre is left unglazed. The box has a moulded design of a central tortoise surrounded by a serpent (symbolising the direction north) with waterweed and a crab round the edge.

Place of Origin

Fujian (made)

Date

ca. 13th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain with moulded decoration and green lead glaze

Dimensions

Height: 5.5 cm, Width: 6.4 cm box, Width: 4 cm foot

Descriptive line

Box with lid, porcelain with moulded decoration of a tortoise, snake, crayfish and crab under a green lead glaze; Fujian province, South China, Southern Song-Yuan Dynasty, ca. 13th century.

Materials

Porcelain; Lead glaze

Techniques

Moulded; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Tortoise; Serpents; Crabs

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain; Containers

Collection

East Asia Collection

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