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SILVER MINIATURE BOX AND COVER

TANG DYNASTY (618-907)

3.8 cm diameter

The small box is of circular form and thinly constructed. The base of the box is convex very finely engraved with a design of birds amidst a floral scroll with a small blossom in the center, all against a ring-punched ground. The straight sides are adorned with a scrolling border against a ring-punched ground. The cover is of the same shape as the box and similarly engraved. The interiors of the box and cover were subject to light green encrustation.

Provenance:

 

Formerly in a Dutch private collection

 

Published:

 

Koos de Jong, Small China – Early Chinese Miniatures, 2022, fig. 75