About this object

History of use

It is probable that the first true porcelain originated from kilns in Kiangsi (Jiangxi), since they were already producing an extremely refined porcelain by the beginning of the 11th century. The glaze on much of this had a blue to green tone caused both by traces of iron oxide in the clear glaze, and to firing conditions in the kiln. The output was intended for local markets in south China, although some found its way to the Philippines, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and further west.


A popular term for this glaze is ying-ch'ing, or ch'ing-pai.

Physical description

A small ceramic box with a vertically grooved melon-shape that has flat vertical surfaces where box (part a) and lid (part b) join. Centre of lid is depressed, patterned with small ridges resembling a star-burst, having a flat unglazed base, and a very white, slightly translucent body. Light green-blue translucent glaze pools in grooves, falls unevenly short of the base. Both box and lid glazed on interior.