Covered box

  • Stoneware with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
  • 2.7 x 4.1 x 4.1 cm
  • 15th-16th century, Later Le, Mac, or Restored Later Le dynasty
  • Origin: Red River Delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Vietnam
  • Provenance: Jogjakarta, Indonesia
  • Gift of Dean Frasché
  • F1989.10a-b


Small round box with flat lid, tapering body, and flat base.
Clay: pale gray, fine-grained.
Glaze: translucent white, matte on outside; thin, shiny glaze on interior of body and lid; base unglazed.
Decoration: in underglaze cobalt. On lid, double ring defining flattened top, on which is a large single flower with leaves. On the edge of the lid, four panels containing trailing cloud patterns, offset by cross-hatching on ground; single line above edge. On base, three trailing cloud motifs framed by single line below rim and single line near base.
Mark: none.
Condition: base broken and repaired.

Curatorial Remarks

1.  (L.A. Cort, 8 June 1995) Date changed from "14th–15th century" to "15th–16th century" and "Historical region: Annam" added.

2. (Najiba Choudhury, 10/28/2014) Transferred from the Provenance text field: "Collected by the donor in Jogjakarta in 1964. Dated by the donor 14th-15th century."

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