22. M4923



–Chinese ceramic box and cover, he, with gently domed top encircled by two incised rings with flat sides each with a brown glazed dot to indicate correct alignment, covered in an even pale cream glaze falling short of the smooth flat white base revealing the body, the interior also covered in a pale cream glaze.

4 7/8 inches, 12.4 cm diameter; 2 ¾ inches, 7 cm high.

Tang – Five dynasties, 9th – 10th century.

Japanese wood box.


Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in a Japanese private collection.
  • A box of this form with a moth on the cover, also with the dots on the side to indicate alignment is included by Regina Krahl in Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume Three (II), no. 1393, p. 392; another is illustrated by Li Huibing in Porcelain of the Jin and Tang Dynasties, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Beijing, no. 92, p. 103; another in the Musée Guimet, Paris, is illustrated by Albert Le Bonheur and Daisy Lion-Goldschmidt in The World’s Great Collections, Oriental Ceramics, Vol. 7, monochrome plate 24; another transparent glazed box incised on the cover with a leaf is illustrated by Bo Gyllensvärd in Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, no. 253, p. 90.


Excellent, minute nibbles to the rims of the box and the cover.