Box with a Floral Design Artist: Unknown

early 8th century

Asian Art

On view, 2nd floor, Asian Art

The delicate, six-petal flowers on the top of this box were created using a resist-wax technique that was adapted from textile production. The blue glaze was derived from cobalt, and its presence helps date the box to the early eighth century C.E., when blue was commonly added to the amber, green, and white glazes that originally defined three-color, or sancai, ware.


Earthenware with three-color (sancai) glaze


1 × 3 in. (2.5 × 7.6 cm)

Credit Line

Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Bequest of Mrs. William H. Moore

Accession Number



Tang dynasty (618–907 C.E.)


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.



Parish-Watson, New York, 1918; Bequest of Mrs. William H. Moore (1858–1955), New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

  • George J. Lee, Selected Far Eastern Art in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1970), 22, no. 30.
  • Henry Trubner, The Arts of the T'ang Dynasty, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1957), no. 214.

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