About this object

History of use

Thousands of this kind of box were made at the ceramic centre of Sawankhalok, north of the city of Sukhothai, Thailand. This centre flourished for about two hundred years, and the ceramics imported there were part of a thriving export trade to Indonesia, the Philippines and the Middle East. It is thought the original kilns at Sawankhalok were set up by Chinese potters.

Specific techniques

Decorations are done in iron underglaze.

Physical description

Round lidded box with dark decorations under a blue-green glaze. The decorations are bands of vertical and horizontal dashed lines bordered by solid bands. The lid has an off-centre stem-like knob with leaf-like protrusions surrounding it representing a persimmon calyx. The lid is held in place by the indented lip of the bottom piece.