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Set of Seven Boxes

Period:
Eastern Han dynasty (25–220)
Date:
2nd–3rd century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Black lacquer with silver foil and traces of red lacquer
Dimensions:
.1) H. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm); Diam. 3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm) .2) H. 2 3/16 in. (5.5 cm); W. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm); L. 3 7/16 in. (8.8 cm) .3) H. 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm); W. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); L. 15 11/16 in. (39.9 cm) .4) H. 1 7/8 in. (4.7 cm); W. 1 9/16 in. (4 cm); L. 1 9/16 in. (4 cm) .5) H. 1 15/16 (5 cm); W. 1 9/16 in. (4 cm); L. 3 1/4 in. (8.2 cm) .6) H. 1 15/16 in. (5 cm); W. 1 7/16 in. (3.7 cm); L. 2 13/16 in. (7.2 cm) .7) H. 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm); Diam. 1 15/16 in. (5 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.10.1a, b–.7a, b
Not on view
These feather-light boxes have thin cores coated with a fine putty and lacquer. A pattern of small painted spirals and curls and silver quatrefoils decorates the exterior. The set of boxes, each shaped differently, was originally organized inside a large, round cosmetic box and was probably produced in the southeastern coastal region.
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