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

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Covered box in the form of a bird

  • Stoneware with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
  • 3.7 x 4.1 cm
  • mid 15th-mid 16th century, Later Le, Mac, or Restored Later Le dynasty
  • Origin: Red River Delta kilns, Northern Vietnam
  • Provenance: Indonesia
  • Gift of Ambassador and Mrs. Jack W. Lydman
  • S2010.7a-b


Covered box in the form of a bird, with modeling on the lid and added head.
Clay: stoneware, pale gray, fine-grained.
Glaze: clear, colorless.
Decoration: in cobalt pigment under the glaze, detailing the head, back, and wings of the bird and adding breast feathers and legs.
Mark: none.

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