Fine & Rare Large Chinese Han Dynasty Painted Pottery Box (206 BC - AD 220)
This rare pottery box was made during the Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220). It is a two-part box made from a grey pottery. The cover has been elaborately decorated by "cold-painting" a base coat of creamy-white pigment on top of which have been various coloured pigments, mainly red, white and black, but there are also traces of green and purple pigments. The four protrusions to the cover act as feet when the cover is taken off the box and inverted. Although such boxes are rare and not widely documented, there is a reference in the fine 1996 book "Chinese Ceramics, the New Standard Guide" by He Li (ISBN 0-500-23727-1) where a similar example is described as a "covered box for food", saying that such food containers were used by all social classes and have been found in tombs in most northern provinces.
This is a large and impressive object with a length of 44 cm (17.5 inches), width 18.5 cm (7.25 inches), height 19 cm (7.5 inches). It is in fine condition and is available to view at our gallery.
For information: please also see our Fine & Rare Chinese Han Dynasty Painted Pottery Hill Jar with Oxford TL Test (stock number M9315).
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