Rare Large Chinese Song Dynasty Qingbai Porcelain Gourd-shaped Box
This very rare and unusual porcelain box was made during the Song Dynasty (AD 960- 1279), more specifically, most likely the 12th century. It takes the form of a gourd, squash or pumpkin. It is heavily lobed and in the centre of the depressed cover is a stalk surrounded by leaves. Both inner and outer surfaces are coated in a pale blue Qingbai glaze that is crackled in places, except for the flat base that remains unglazed. There is a short line of glaze crackle to the cover that does penetrate the body, although not to the edges.
This is a particularly large and elaborate example of its type. Diameter 13 cm (5 inches). Overall condition is very good. There is no sign of any restoration or repair although there are a few minor chips to the edge of the lower section.
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