Covered box

  • Stoneware with iron glaze and iron pigment under clear glaze
  • 9.4 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm
  • Sawankhalok ware
  • 16th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Ban Pa Yang kilns, Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Provenance: Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Gift of Dorothy M. Slak
  • F1986.49a-b


Covered box with domed lid, knob in shape of fruit stem and calyx.
Clay: light gray stoneware with black flecks.
Glaze: clear, slightly greenish. Inside of lid and foot unglazed.
Decoration: painted in underglaze iron: knob brown; six radiating panels on lid, repeated on body, filled alternately with cross-hatching and foliage
Mark: none.

Curatorial Remarks

1.  (L.A. Cort, 13 June 1995) Added "Historical Region: Siam" and "Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai" to attribution.

2.  (Louise Cort, 20 May 2008) Based on her research on shipwrecks, Roxanna Brown dates iron-decorated boxes from the Si Satchanalai kilns to the sixteenth century (circa 1520–1570/84) and describes them as the most common shape of that period (Brown 2004).

Changed Date from 15th–16th century to 16th century.

Brown, Roxanna Maude. 2004. "The Ming Gap and Shipwreck Ceramics in Southeast Asia.” Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles.

3.  (Louise Cort, 29 May 2008) According to Dr. Don Hein, all Sawankhalok ware boxes come from kilns in Ban Pa Yang; none were made at Ban Ko Noi.

4. To Origin added Ban Pa Yang kiln group.

5. (J. Smith per Louise Cort, 7/3/2008) Container added as secondary classification.

6. (Najiba Choudhury, 10/29/2014) Transferred from the Provenance text field: "Acquired by Ms. Slak in Jakarta, Indonesia, circa 1968."

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