Yamanaka & Co., Washington, D.C. 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Yamanaka & Co., Washington, D.C. in April 1929. 
 Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
 See note 1.
- Previous Owner(s)
Yamanaka and Co.
During the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, kilns at Jingdezhen produced large quantities of covered boxes for sale in China and Southeast Asia. The boxes, which functioned as cosmetic containers, usually bear a molded bird or floral design. The lid of this box is decorated with a relief design of two phoenixes flying toward each other. Their heads nearly touch at the center of the box and their resplendent, curled tail feathers spread out along the rim of the lid. A pair of phoenixes is a common marriage symbol, and boxes like this may have been used as wedding gifts.
- Published References
- Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 49.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
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