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Apple crates market, food drink.

Apple crates market, food drink.

Copyright-free apple pictures. Free to use images of apples.

Box

Box

Colombia or Ecuador

Set of Seven Boxes

Set of Seven Boxes

These feather-light boxes have thin cores coated with a fine putty and lacquer. A pattern of small painted spirals and curls and silver quatrefoils decorates the exterior. The set of boxes, each shaped differen... more

Seal Box

Seal Box

Made in Gaul

Round Box and Cover

Round Box and Cover

Eastern Han dynasty (25–220)

Box Lid with Incised Figural Decoration

Box Lid with Incised Figural Decoration

The incised decoration shows hunting scenes, amorous couples (mithunas), and a group of four elephants.

Seal Box
Box Lid with a Bull

Box Lid with a Bull

Box lids are a rare Gandharan example of non-religious art. The animal surrounded by swirling foliage is a motif originally found in north India. Such luxury objects moved readily along the trade routes to Afgh... more

Box Lid with a Lion Attacking an Elephant

Box Lid with a Lion Attacking an Elephant

Box lids are rare examples of nonreligious art of the fifth century, little of which has survived. They are closely related in style and imagery. Their dating is based on the decorative scrolls of the Gupta period.

Box Lid with a Winged Lion and Remnant of an Iron Hinge

Box Lid with a Winged Lion and Remnant of an Iron Hinge

Box lids are rare examples of nonreligious art of the fifth century, little of which has survived. They are closely related in style and imagery. Their dating is based on the decorative scrolls of the Gupta period.

Box and Lid with Flower

Box and Lid with Flower

Box lids are rare examples of nonreligious art of the fifth century, little of which has survived. They are closely related in style and imagery. Their dating is based on the decorative scrolls of the Gupta period.

Box Lid with a Phoenix

Box Lid with a Phoenix

Box lids are rare examples of nonreligious art of the fifth century, little of which has survived. They are closely related in style and imagery. Their dating is based on the decorative scrolls of the Gupta period.

Box Lid with a Flower Bud

Box Lid with a Flower Bud

Box lids are rare examples of nonreligious art of the fifth century, little of which has survived. They are closely related in style and imagery. Their dating is based on the decorative scrolls of the Gupta period.

Box

Box

Found Egypt, Thebes

Six-Lobed Box

Six-Lobed Box

Tang dynasty (618–907)

Box with Abstract Design

Box with Abstract Design

The design on this small box parallels that found in textiles produced using resist or tie-dye techniques. Tang dynasty (618–907)

Box

Box

Tang dynasty (618–907)

Box with Abstract Design

Box with Abstract Design

Cobalt, a mineral that produces a brilliant blue color, was first introduced to China from West Asia in the early eighth century. It was quickly used in ceramics both in single color glazes and as an addition t... more

Box

Box

Tang dynasty (618–907)

Box

Box

Tang dynasty (618–907)

Penbox with Inkwell

Penbox with Inkwell

The importance of calligraphy in Islamic art is reflected in the large number of elaborately detailed scribal accoutrements rendered in a number of materials including metalwork, ceramics, and, as in the case w... more

Circular Box

Circular Box

Produced in Hunan Province in the south, Changsha wares were among the first examples of Chinese ceramics to feature prominently in maritime trade. The parrots painted on the lid further illustrate internationa... more

Cylindrical Box (Pyxis)

Cylindrical Box (Pyxis)

Late Antique and Byzantine pyxides generally had flat lids, but the lids covering the cylindrical vessels of this Andalusian group are all domical. Thus, the missing lid of this example would probably have been... more

Oval Box Lid

Oval Box Lid

Eastern Javanese period

Box

Box

Attributed to Italy, Sicily

Inkwell with the Name of  Amir 'Abdullah ibn al-Hasan Pars

Inkwell with the Name of Amir 'Abdullah ibn al-Hasan Pars

"Floriated kufic" is a style of writing in which the angular letters of the kufic script are melded with curvilinear plant forms that fill the spaces between the letters. The letters themselves remain relativel... more

Pen Box

Pen Box

Islam, Christianity, and Judaism exalted the written word, and this elegant box, created to house writing tools, would have had special meaning for its owner. The Latin inscription (Taurus, the son of Mansone) ... more

Trefoil-shaped covered box with decoration of chrysanthemums

Trefoil-shaped covered box with decoration of chrysanthemums

Lacquer, celadon, or bronze ensembles composed of four trefoil boxes surrounding a larger round or flower-shaped box served as containers for cosmetics or incense. Very few Goreyo-period lacquer boxes with moth... more

Pyxis with Painted Designs

Pyxis with Painted Designs

A popular type of ivory container produced in medieval Sicily was composed of ivory sheets, often nailed together with ivory pegs, and decorated with designs painted in tempera colors, a technique both faster a... more

Reliquary Casket with Scenes from the Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket

Reliquary Casket with Scenes from the Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket

This precious silver box was created to contain a relic of the martyred English saint Thomas Becket. Saint Thomas was the archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 to 1170, and he is perhaps best known for his struggl... more

Coffret

Coffret

Rarely do such handsome enamel chests survive intact. Replete with charming images of animals and warriors, this example may have been used by either a worldly prince or a church official. Made in Limoges, France

Covered box with flowering plum

Covered box with flowering plum

Southern Song (1127–1279)–Yuan (1271–1368) dynasty

Box from set of five decorated with cranes and clouds

Box from set of five decorated with cranes and clouds

Celadon boxes like those comprising this set—four or five diminutive ones inside a larger round one—were used as containers for cosmetics or incense. Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

Box with Chain

Box with Chain

Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)

Box with Cover

Box with Cover

late Southern Song (1127–1279)–early Yuan (1271–1368) dynasty

Incense Box with Pommel Scroll Design

Incense Box with Pommel Scroll Design

This design is commonly known as the "pommel scroll" pattern because the bracket-shaped scroll resembles the pommel of a Chinese sword. The design was popular in lacquer, ceramics, and metalwork in the thirteen... more

Lobed Box

Lobed Box

Lacquer boxes with lobed sides and pewter trim are unique to the Yuan dynasty. Many were fitted with an interior tray that probably held cosmetics, combs, hairpins, and other adornments. Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)

Incense box with fragrant grass design

Incense box with fragrant grass design

The scrolling design that fills the surface of this box is often called the “fragrant grass” motif in Chinese writings on lacquer. It is closely linked to another pattern featuring abstract scrolls that is popu... more

Box with Pommel Scroll Design

Box with Pommel Scroll Design

Southern Song (1127–1279)–Yuan (1271–1368) dynasty

Box with Equestrian Falconers

Box with Equestrian Falconers

Hunting scenes decorate a number of surviving cylindrical boxes made in Sicily. This box, depicting a falcon hunt, shows richly attired men on horseback. The sport was favored by Holy Roman emperor Frederick II... more

Box and Cover

Box and Cover

Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

Box from set of five decorated with cranes and clouds

Box from set of five decorated with cranes and clouds

Celadon boxes like those comprising this set—four or five diminutive ones inside a larger round one—were used as containers for cosmetics or incense. Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

Box with pommel-scroll design

Box with pommel-scroll design

The decoration covering the surface of this box is sometimes known as a pommel-scroll design because it resembles the shape of sword’s pommel. A flowering plum tree and crescent moon made of ivory, gold leaf, l... more

Box

Box

A dragon, a centaur playing a horn, a lion, and a dog enliven the surface of this tiny box. Made in Italy, Sicily

Covered Incense Box

Covered Incense Box

Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

Box from set of five decorated with cranes and clouds

Box from set of five decorated with cranes and clouds

Celadon boxes like those comprising this set—four or five diminutive ones inside a larger round one—were used as containers for cosmetics or incense. Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

Box with Pommel Scroll

Box with Pommel Scroll

Ubiquitous in the decoration of carved lacquer and also found in clay and metal, the design on this box was designated the “pommel scroll” as early as the Song period (960–1279), and this term is widely used in... more

Box from set of five decorated with cranes and clouds

Box from set of five decorated with cranes and clouds

Celadon boxes like those comprising this set—four or five diminutive ones inside a larger round one—were used as containers for cosmetics or incense. Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

Pen Box

Pen Box

Attributed to Iran, possibly Tabriz

Box with Cover

Box with Cover

late Southern Song (1127–1279)–Yuan (1271–1368) dynasty

Covered box decorated with chrysanthemums and waterfowl among lotus

Covered box decorated with chrysanthemums and waterfowl among lotus

Chrysanthemums feature prominently on the cover of this box: large and ornate in the center and small and minimalist around the border. Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

Coffret
Box
Hinged Box in the Form of a Tortoise
Pen Box

Pen Box

Muslim metalworkers produced large numbers of pen boxes, many of which were richly decorated with inlays of gold, silver, and copper. A typical medieval Islamic calligrapher's pen box is an elongated rectangula... more

Covered Box

Covered Box

This sumptuously decorated container, probably used as a cosmetics box, would have held a set of smaller celadon boxes for makeup. Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

Box with Camellias

Box with Camellias

The lacquer body is built on a red-orange ground and has a thin layer of lacquer near the top that outlines the camellia blossoms and leaves in red, an allusion to the color of this flower that blooms around th... more

Box with Dragons amid Clouds

Box with Dragons amid Clouds

The feline dragons that curve along the surface were inspired by comparable creatures found on Bronze Age vessels rediscovered during the Song dynasty and often reinterpreted in the arts of that period. Althoug... more

Box with Camellias

Box with Camellias

Small boxes of this type, which are preserved in Japan in some number, are often identified as incense boxes, for they were used as such during the tea ceremony. It seems likely that boxes of this type were als... more

Box with Pommel Scroll Design

Box with Pommel Scroll Design

Southern Song dynasty (1127–1271)

Box from set of five decorated with cranes and clouds

Box from set of five decorated with cranes and clouds

Celadon boxes like those comprising this set—four or five diminutive ones inside a larger round one—were used as containers for cosmetics or incense. Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

Box with camellia

Box with camellia

The stylized flowers depicted in Chinese lacquer are often difficult to identify precisely. However, the large blossom on this box is probably a camellia, a flower associated with winter and endurance. This box... more

Dish with peonies

Dish with peonies

The deep carving of the peonies and leaves in this small dish is typical of Chinese lacquerware produced in the first half of the fourteenth century. A similar example dated before 1333 was recovered during the... more

Box with Scene of Bathing Children

Box with Scene of Bathing Children

This tiny box, previously thought to date to the sixteenth century, can be reassigned to the fourteenth after comparison with an example bearing an image of the poet Tao Qian, which dates to the first half of t... more

Incense Box

Incense Box

early Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)

Hexagonal box with inverted corners

Hexagonal box with inverted corners

early Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Tiered Box with Scholar-Official in a Landscape

Tiered Box with Scholar-Official in a Landscape

This unusual box is difficult to date precisely. The use of gold in the background is uncommon and suggests that the box was particularly valuable. The shallow carving of the scholar on the top and the dragons ... more

Coffret
Game Box

Game Box

Bone and wood inlays embellish exterior of this wood box. The top is designed for backgammon or the game of tables, while the sides contain repeating lozenges with pinwheel patterns. The underside functions as ... more

Box with “Pommel Scroll” Design

Box with “Pommel Scroll” Design

Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)

Box with pommel scroll design

Box with pommel scroll design

The lush spirals carved into the lacquer illustrate a design commonly known as “pommel scroll” because the shapes resemble the pommel, or decorative knob, of a Chinese sword. This is a common motif in lacquer, ... more

Coffret

Coffret

This casket, like many late medieval secular objects, is decorated with scenes of courtship or romances based on medieval concepts of courtly love. In this example, a lover offers his lady his heart while she c... more

Painted Box for Game Pieces

Painted Box for Game Pieces

The unicorn appears at the front left, near a stag, the forest animal it most closely resembles. Judging from its painted decoration and shape, this box probably contained disk-shaped pieces for tric trac, a ga... more

Box with Pommel Scrolls

Box with Pommel Scrolls

The pommel scroll is so-named because it resembles the shape of a Chinese sword pommel. This design is often seen in objects decorated with layers of contrasting colors of lacquer, particularly red and black. F... more

Box with Enamel Plaques

Box with Enamel Plaques

Made in probably Vienna, Austria

Box

Box

A series of intertwined cartouches run around this small brass box: four circular and four oblong. Two of the oblong cartouches contain Arabic inscriptions set within a dense vegetal background. The use of lotu... more

Octagonal food box with pommel scrolls

Octagonal food box with pommel scrolls

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Incense Box (Kogo) with Pines and Plovers

Incense Box (Kogo) with Pines and Plovers

Like many other tea ceremony incense boxes, this piece could have originally been part of a twelve-piece cosmetic set (jūnitebako), where it served as a container for toothblackening material. This meticulously... more

Incense box with “fragrant grass” design

Incense box with “fragrant grass” design

Carved lacquers in which a predominant color—in this case red—is interspersed with black, yellow, and sometimes green, were common in the late thirteenth and the fourteenth centuries. The additional colors add ... more

Coffret
Circular Box and Cover

Circular Box and Cover

Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)

Box with pommel scroll design

Box with pommel scroll design

At first glance this large box with a spiraling geometric design appears to be made of red lacquer. It was in fact carved from layers of red and black lacquer, a technique that gives the surface its resonance. ... more

Coffret (Minnekästchen)

Coffret (Minnekästchen)

The inside of this coffret's lid depicts Frau Minne, the German goddess of love, aiming and arrow at a young man. At right, he gives her his heart. The inscriptions have been interpreted as: "Gracious lady, I h... more

Coffret
Coffret

Coffret

Coffrets and caskets, which were of great importance for the storage of household goods, were also valued by medieval travelers, who frequently carried with them a major portion of their possessions. For this p... more

Incense Box (Kogo) with Design of Autumn Grasses
Inscribed Pen Box

Inscribed Pen Box

This brass pen box was made in the late fourteenth century but significantly altered by the mid-fifteenth century. The interior decoration of a small-scale pattern of roundels with flying birds and running moti... more