Cosmetic Box

Korean
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
12th or 13th century
Stoneware with black and white inlay and celadon glaze
H. 1 9/16 in. (4 cm); Diam. 3 9/16 in. (9 cm)
AP 1972.15 a,b
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Cosmetic boxes and small squat oil bottles were made for the court and aristocrats in the Koryo dynasty. The boxes all have flat lids with rounded shoulders, a shape that had its origins in the metalwork of the time. The decoration of cosmetic boxes is closely linked with lacquerwork of the Koryo period. This box is inlaid with yet another variation on the familiar motif of chrysanthemum flowers and leaves.

Provenance

(Jean-Pierre Dubosc [1904-1988], Paris and Tokyo), by 1970; purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1972.