Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
Collections in the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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Covered box

  • Stoneware with cobalt glaze
  • 2.2 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm
  • 16th century, Later Le, Mac, or Restored Later Le dynasty
  • Origin: Red River Delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Vietnam
  • Provenance: Batavia, Java, Indonesia
  • Gift of Dean Frasché
  • F1989.17a-b


Round box with rounded lid indented in center, tapering body, and carved indented foot.
Clay: pale gray, fine-grained.
Glaze: blue glaze on outside, possibly a cobalt wash covered by clear glaze, ending above foot on body, abraded on surface, some patches of white granularity on body; clear glaze on inside of lid and body, base unglazed.
Mark: none.
Condition: body broken in half and mended; chip missing from rim; round piece missing from body below rim.

Curatorial Remarks

1.  (L.A. Cort, 13 June 1995) "Historical Region: Annam" added to attribution.

2. (R. Anderson per J. Smith, Oct 8, 2010) Transfer of remark from Provenance Field: "Collected by the donor in Batavia in 1947."

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