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8. A BLUE AND WHITE INCENSE BOX AND COVER , KOGO, MING DYNASTY, CHONGZHEN PERIOD (1627-1644)

明崇禎 鳥形祥瑞香盒

The rounded sides of the box rising from a recessed unglazed base, painted with scrolling lingzhi, the domed cover moulded to simulate the veins of a lotus leaf, painted with a dense scale diaper ground inscribed ji xi (good fortune), below a standing bird finial, Japanese wood box

Height: 6.8cm

Provenance: Purchased in Kyoto, 2014; Mujintang Collection.

This box is very delicately potted and has an interesting combination of designs. The band of lingzhi is painted in quite a spontaneous, fluid style. For a tea bowl with a similar inscription on a scale diaper ground, please see S. Marchant & Son, Ming Porcelain for the Japanese Market, Kosometsuke & Koake, London, 2008, p.23, pl 6. 

 

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