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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2015.29
Title
Circular Covered Box with Peony Décor
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
10th - early 11th century
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Five Dynasties period (907-960) to Northern Song period (960-1127)
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/6786
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Yue ware: light gray stoneware with celadon glaze over molded, carved, and incised decoration
Dimensions
including lid: H. 5 x Diam. 12.1 cm (1 15/16 x 4 3/4 in.)
Provenance
[Warren E. Cox, New York (1950s)]. [The Chinese Porecelain Company, New York, (by 1996)], sold; to Ralph C Marcove, New York (1996-2001) inherited; by Christina J. Marcove, New York (2001-2015), gift; to the Harvard Art Museums.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Christina Marcove and Laura Marcove Hoffman in honor of Robert D. Mowry
Accession Year
2015
Object Number
2015.29
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
The slightly domed cover of this circular box features a molded, carved, and incised design of a lush peony blossom supported by a slender, gently curving leafy stem. The composition is contained within a double-line circle, which is itself surrounded by a border sporting ten lightly incised decorative scroll motifs. The bottom section of the box is unembellished; the underside of the box reveals a countersunk foot. A grayish green glaze covers the entirety of the box, inside and out, with the exception of the circular rims where the two halves of the box meet and patches within the countersunk foot, where spurs were presumably placed in order to raise the vessel slightly during firing and prevent it from fusing to kiln furniture.
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