Antique Large Sawankhalok Stoneware Lidded Bowl, Thailand (3168GOM) $215


H: 4.25”  Dia: 5″ | FREE SHIPPING

This finely designed 14/15th century globular stoneware box resting on a short foot has an olive-brown glazed lotus bud handle surrounded by radiating radiating olive-brown and lightly glazed petals above a band of geometric shapes. The body is lyrically ornamented with an intricate scroll of white, light glazed and incised colored branches and florals on an olive-brown glaze background. Its fine appearance is a result of the unusual lovely olive-brown surface with a glaze applied sparsely in some areas and thicker in others to offset the vegetal scrolls.



Sawankhalok in north-central Thailand is an area with much ceramic kiln production during the Sukhothai Kingdom (1238-1583). When Ming emperors forbade export of Chinese ceramics from 1368-1487, a period known as the Ming Gap, Thailand became a major ceramics producer and exporter to Southeast Asia, Japan and the Middle East. During the 14th and 15th centuries, Sawankhalok kilns produced a large range of shapes with a glaze of their own unique creations. Stoneware lidded boxes were functional-and-utilitarian and signs of wealth for Thais and overseas owners. They were used to store spices, cosmetics, betel nut paraphernalia, medicine and more and they are sometimes found buried with the deceased for use in the afterlife. Round shapes, lotus bud handles and floral design motifs were adopted from Hindu and Buddhist reliquaries and architectural elements. The most famous and prized ceramics of this period produced in Thailand included glazed stonewared and celadons recognized for their high quality and beauty.  Although much of this piece is in very good condition, the cover was broken in two and re-glued, and there are minor chips at the body’s inside rim and one on the outside rim.


Roxanna Maude Brown, The Ming Gap and Shipwreck Ceramics in Southeast Asia: Towards a Chronology of Thai Trade Ware, Bangkok, Siam Society, 2009.

Louise Allison Cort with George Ashley Williams IV and David P. Rehfuss, “Ceramics in Mainland and Southeast Asia, National Museum of Asian Art,” Collections in the Freer Gallery of Art,

Tom Harrison, “Ming Gap and Kota Batu, Brunei,” The Sarawak Museum Journal, New Series 8(11)/Old Series (26), pp. 273-77, 1958.

University of Michigan Museum of Art, “Sawankhalok Ware Covered Box with a conch handle, a band of stars, and vegetal school design.

Yew Seng Tai, “Ming Gap and the Revival of Commercial Production of Blue and White Porcelain in China,” Beijing, School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University, Vol. 31, 2011.

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 8 × 8 in

Antique, Sukhothai Kingdom


14-15th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 4.25” Dia: 5”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 17.78cm D: 7.62cm


1 lb 3oz


Very good, see description

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