Covered box

  • Stoneware with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
  • 4.2 x 6.5 x 6.5 cm
  • 15th-16th century, Later Le, Mac, or Restored Later Le dynasty
  • Origin: Red River Delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Vietnam
  • Provenance: Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Gift of Dorothy M. Slak
  • F1986.41a-b


Covered box with six molded lobes.
Clay: pale gray stoneware.
Glaze: on outside, translucent whitish glaze appearing yellowish over most of the surface; on inside, clear glaze appearing olive green where pooled. Foot unglazed.
Decoration: in underglaze cobalt: in center of lid, eight-petalled flower enclosed by six radiating petal shapes, filled alternately with geometric and floral motifs; outlined lotus-petal band rising from base, tips of petals overlapping seam of base and lid.
Mark: none.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (L.A. Cort, 1986) A covered box of similar design is illustrated in Young et al., eds. 1982, no. 212, and dated 16th century.

Young, Carol M., Marie-France Dupoizat, and Elizabeth W. Lane, eds. 1982. Vietnamese Ceramics. Singapore: Southeast Asian Ceramic Society and Oxford University Press.

2. (L.A. Cort, August 1989) The terminology is changed from "Annamese" to "Vietnamese."

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