Rare Khmer 10th Century Glazed Covered Stoneware Box
This very rare and unusual stoneware box dates to the first half of the 10th century. It is quite "heavily-potted" and coated in a mottled pale olive-green glaze. The cover has been decorated with an incised leaf pattern with its finial taking the form of a stem. To the flat base are purpose-made incised lines, often seen on Khmer ceramics from the Phnom Kulen and Ban Kruat kilns, thought to be the marks of individual potters.
Diameter 9.5 cm (3.75 inches). Overall condition is very good: there are a couple of fine hairlines to the inner edge of the lower section, a small chip to the upper and lower edges and a surface chip to the flat base, but there is no sign of restoration or repair.
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