Fine & Rare Chinese Ming Dynasty Glazed Pottery Crab Box - Kochi Ware
This small and very rare covered box was made in southern China during the 16th or early 17th century. This type of pottery with its green, and sometimes yellow and brown glazes, was very popular with the Japanese at the time, where it was known as Kochi ware and used in the Japanese tea ceremony.
Both parts of this box are moulded with the cover taking the form of a crab. The outer surface is coated in finely-crackled green nd yellow glazes. The inner surface is coated in a clear glaze. This box is in fine condition with no restoration or repair. Length 5.75 cm (2.25 inches).
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