Very little seems to have been written in English about these brown-glazed boxes with moulded lids. I bought this from a Japanese collector who believed it to be Vietnamese, since siimilar boxes were produced in Vietnam during the fifteenth-sixteenth centuries. But the clay is quite different and more gritty than the smooth grey paste used in Vietnamese ceramics. Apparently these Fujian boxes were exported to Southeast Asia and competed there with the Vietnamese variants. They are unusual and unheralded gems, with a very pleasing feel. There is some speculation that they may have been produced as early as the Yuan dynasty. There are examples of both the Vietnamese and the Chinese models of these boxes in the museum in Haiphong, Vietnam.
Diameter: 9.3 cm; Height: 5.5cm.
Condition: Very good condition, compared to most specimens; just some slight abrasions to the moulded protrusions and some fritting around the rims.
Purchased from a private Japanese collection in 2012.