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Two-tiered Cosmetic Box Containing Nine Small Boxes
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

1. This two-tiered cosmetic box is uniquely wonderful in design, especially the nine cavities chiseled out of the bottom, which is rarely seen in the lacquer-ware of the Han Dynasty. 2. With such manufacture crafts as lacquer painting, oil painting, gilding and embroidery, this cosmetic box is complicated and exquisitely decorated with various patterns and bright colors. This box, graceful and stylish and of great artistic value, is a typical representative of the lacquer-ware excavated from the Mawangdui Han Tombs. 3. When unearthed, this lacquer-ware was stuffed with toilet articles used by women at that time, reflecting the toilette situation of noble ladies in the Han Dynasty over 2,000 years ago.

History of the Object
Unearthed from Han Tomb No.1 at Mawangdui in 1972.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Lacquer-ware 
Measurements
H 19.2 cm. ; D 35.2 cm. 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Hunan Province, China 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 3rd century ~ BCE 2nd century 
Creation date
BCE; 3rd Century BCE - 2nd Century BCE; 202 BCE-168 BCE 
Function
Cosmetic box. Three pairs of mitts, one silk scarf, a belt, and one thin silk mirror case with “longevity embroidery” were placed on the upper layer of the box. Nine cavities are chiseled out of the bottom; placed in the cavities are nine small boxes containing cosmetics, rouge, silk powder pads, combs and a needle case. 
Acquisition
Unearthed from Han Tomb No.1 at Mawangdui in 1972 and collected by the Hunan Provincial Museum since then. 
Copyright
Hunan Provincial Museum Copyright 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Hunan Provincial Museum 
Museum
Hunan Provincial Museum 
Credit line
http://www.hnmuseum.com/hnmuseum/eng 

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