7.1 x 9.5 cm:
a - base; 4.5 x 9.5 cm
b - lid; 2.8 x 9.5 cm
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.