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    • Parcel-gilt Shell-shaped Silver Box
    • Parcel-gilt Shell-shaped Silver Box
    • Parcel-gilt Shell-shaped Silver Box
    Parcel-gilt Shell-shaped Silver Box

    Tang: ceramics, metalwork and sculpture

    21 October - 6 November, 2021

    Eskenazi Limited is delighted to hold an exhibition entirely devoted to rare works of art including ceramics, sculpture and metalwork from the Tang Dynasty (618 to 907 AD), often called the golden age of Chinese culture. This is only the second time that Eskenazi has held an exhibition covering a wide range of material, solely dedicated to the Tang Dynasty. The first was in 1987. Notable highlights of this 2021 exhibition include a magnificent and monumental dry lacquer head of a bodhisattva, one of only three known surviving examples of this kind and a rare sancai-glazed zodiac animal figure with a human body and an equine head

    Parcel-gilt Shell-shaped Silver Box

    Tang dynasty, 7th - 8th century

    This finely chased parcel-gilt silver shell-shaped box was intended as a cosmetic box, to hold pigments or powder. A box such as this would have been used by a member of the Tang dynasty elite or perhaps given as a gift. An example, together with a small mirror, was found in the tomb of a Tang noblewoman dating to 731AD, now in the collection of the Shaanxi Archaeological Institute.

    Width: 3.7cm