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An image of Octagonal covered box decorated with a crab on the lid by
Alternate image of Octagonal covered box decorated with a crab on the lid by Alternate image of Octagonal covered box decorated with a crab on the lid by

Hanoi, Viet Nam

Title
Octagonal covered box decorated with a crab on the lid
Place of origin
HanoiViet Nam
Year
14th century-16th century
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
porcellanous ware with underglaze blue decoration and a thick white glaze
Dimensions

7.1 x 9.5 cm:

a - base; 4.5 x 9.5 cm

b - lid; 2.8 x 9.5 cm

Credit
Gift of Max and Cynthia Loveday 2011
Accession number
139.2011.a-b
Location
Not on display
Further information

Crabs were popularly produced on Vietnamese and Chinese export ceramics because they represented fertility. Boxes such as this were made in the Hanoi region during the 14th-16th centuries, and in southern China in the 17th century and later.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2010.