Rare Chinese Song Dynasty Qingbai Porcelain Guangdong "Melon" Box
This rare and unusual box was made at one of the kilns in Guangdong province in the Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1279), more specifically during the 11th - 12th century. Many Guangdong wares were made for export to various parts of South-East Asia. Indeed, this particular box was found in present-day Cambodia. It is heavily-potted and coated in pale and finely-crackled Qingbai glaze. The inner surface of the lower part is also glazed. The outer surface has been decorated to give it the appearance of a melon.
Height 7.75 cm (3 inches). There is just the smallest of chips to the inner rim of the lower part, otherwise it is in fine condition and has no restoration or repair. Of course the burial soil that remains inside can very easily be removed.
For information: some older publications have attributed these "melon boxes" to the Koryo Dynasty of Korea, such as in "Corean Pottery" by W. B. Honey.
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