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 iron glaze and iron pigment under translucent glaze
  • 10.9 x 13.1 cm
  • Sawankhalok ware
  • 16th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.288a-b


Box of globular form with carved footring and a lid with a lotus bud handle. A loss on the rim of the box. A black circular scar from tubular kiln support on the base.
Clay: light grey stoneware with black specks. An orange flush on the base where exposed during the firing process.
Glaze: transparent milky glaze with bluish patches, a ring of brown glaze round the knob of the lid. The flange, the interior of the box, the underside of the lid and the base are unglazed.
Decoration: painted in underglaze iron brown with two bands of vine scrolls bordered by series of rings on the body and the lid.

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