No other money box with this combination of glazing and decoration appears to have been published, although closely related examples may be found in public collections.
Compare the very similar example with studs and lion-mask appliques, but shallower crescent flanges on the sides of the top, illustrated by Seiichi Mizuno, Tousansai (Tang Sancai), Heibonsha, Japan, 1977, vol. 35, p. 112, fig. 39. Another sancai example with similar flanges, but only incised on the top with a triangular diaper pattern, excavated in 1962 from Jinjiagou, Luoyang, Henan, is illustrated by Li Zhi Yan, The Art of the Glazed Pottery of China, Hong Kong, 1989, p. 29, 116; and in Zhongguo meishu quanji, vol. 7, col. pl. 63; and also by M. Tregear and S. Vainker, Art Treasures in China, New York, 1994, p. 184. It was also included in the recent exhibition, Eight Thousand Years of Treasures from China's Henan Province - Exhibition of Yellow River Culture, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Tokyo, 1998, no. 94.
A similar, though smaller sancai chest, was unearthed in 1954 from tomb 90 at Wangjiafencun near Xian. The archaeologists found it placed in front of a sancai-glazed figure of an elegant woman as if she were supposed to supervise the accumulated wealth of the chest in the other world.
For two examples with lion-mask appliques around the sides only, but with stamped florette decoration on the top, see Cina a Venezia, Milan, 1986, no. 98, also illustrated in Sekai toji zenshu, Shongakukan, Japan, 1976, vol. 11, col. pl. 223, together with a related example on four cabriole legs, col. pl. 224.
Compare, also, the smaller example without crescent-shaped flanges at either end of the top and without studs on the legs but with comparable lion-mask appliques, illustrated by William Watson, Tang and Liao Ceramics, Fribourg, 1984, p. 159, fig. 140, from the Reitberg Museum, Zurich. For another example, from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, see Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, Japan, 1983, vol. 10, fig. 72.
An example of the Han prototype decorated with cash around the sides, but with a similar cover and glazed green, may be found in the T.T. Tsui Galleries of Chinese Art at the Royal Ontario Museum, 1995, Catalogue, no. 50.
The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no. C198w79 is consistent with the dating of this lot.