Fine & Rare Chinese Ming Dynasty Kochi Ware Covered Box with Ming Mark
This fine 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 featuring a flower and leaf spray within a ribbed surround. The wall of the lower section is also ribbed with a seal to the base that says "Made during the Ming". The box is attractively decorated in finely-crackled yellow, green and brown glazes.
Diameter 9.75 cm. There is a small firing fault to the base and a kiln scar to the edge of the lower section. Fine condition with no restoration or repair.
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