Box and Cover with Inlaid Chrysanthemum Design

청자 상감 국화무늬 합 (靑磁象嵌菊文母子盒)

1200s
Diameter: 9.1 cm (3 9/16 in.); Overall: 4.2 cm (1 5/8 in.)
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This ceramic container was used to store incense or cosmetics.

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Celadons, spoons, seals, and bronze mirrors were the most common burial objects in tombs during the Goryeo period (918-1392). Once used to contain color powder, rouge and eyebrow gel for makeup, this small container was one of the standard goods that furnished elites' tombs. Goryeo-period women and men used the grain powder of rice or millet for whitening their skin, safflower extract for rouge, and plant ash or soot for eyebrow gel. Yet, natural-looking make-up seems to have been the most favorable one in Korea according to the travelogue by Xu Jing (1091-1153), the Chinese diplomat who visited Korea in 1123.
Box and Cover with Inlaid Chrysanthemum Design

Box and Cover with Inlaid Chrysanthemum Design

1200s

Korea, Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

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