Covered box with interior tray

  • Stoneware with iron glaze and iron pigment under clear glaze
  • 8.1 x 13.2 cm
  • Sawankhalok ware
  • 15th-16th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • F1994.19a-c

Description

Clay: light gray stoneware with fine black scattered inclusions.
Glaze: clear, colorless glaze, slighty milky in areas, on exterior of body (except around neck and on base) and on exterior of lid (except center). Mottled dark brown glaze on defined circular area in center of lid, including knob. Thinner brown glaze on interior of body and upper surface of tray. Base of body, inside of lid, and lower surface of tray unglazed.
Decoration: painted in underglaze blackish-brown pigment, which appears bluish under milky glaze. The brush appears to have been stiff and blunt. On lid, ring of flower petals facing outward around central brown-glazed medallion, framed by concentric lines. On body, a wide band of leafy vine scroll centered on the shoulder, framed by three horizontal lines above and four below.


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