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.
14th century-16th century
porcellanous ware with underglaze blue decoration and a thick white glaze
7.1 x 9.5 cm :
a - base; 4.5 x 9.5 cm
b - lid; 2.8 x 9.5 cm
Gift of Max and Cynthia Loveday 2011
Not on display