Covered box

  • Stoneware with cobalt pigment and white slip under clear glaze Stoneware with cobalt pigment under clear glaze (2/14/07)
  • 7.5 x 8.5 cm
  • 15th-16th century, Later Le, Mac, or Restored Later Le dynasty
  • Origin: Red River Delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Northern Vietnam
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.95a-b


Covered box of flattened globular form with short foot and a lotus bud knob at the centre of the lid.
Clay: light grey stoneware.
Glaze: clear, glossy, crazed; base and flange unglazed.
Decoration: painted in underglaze cobalt blue with six petals radiating from the knob of the lid, a central band of floral scroll on body, overlapping petals above foot. Knob painted with iron pigment.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Candy Chan, Research Assistant, 22 April, 2003) This lidded box with a lotus knob handle is an unusual shape among Vietnamese ceramics. It is possibly inspired by the Thai form (Brown 1979, 150, 192, pl. 201).

Brown, Roxanna M. 1979. "The South-East Asian Wares Introduction". Pp. 146–155 in South-East Asian and Chinese Trade Pottery. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Museum of Art.

2. (Louise Cort, 22 Dec 2014) According to archaeologists Kikuchi Seiichi and Abe Yuriko, a covered vessel of this type was excavated from a site in Kagoshima prefecture.

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