Antique Sawankhalok Glazed Stoneware Lidded Bowl, Thailand (1001BLC) $295


H: 4.25”  W: 4.325”  D: 2.25” | FREE SHIPPING

This gazed stoneware lidded bowl rests on a solid well-cut foot and has a close-fitting cover. The lid’s center has a lotus bud handle with a surrounding linear medallion on the top. Alternating panels have underglaze brown crosshatching and vegetal scrolls beginning on the lid, continuing below to the body and each pane separated by a series of vertical and circular lines.


Sawankhalok in north-central Thailand is an area with great amounts of 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 created a large range of shapes and glazes including many of their own unique creations. Stoneware lidded boxes were functional-and-utilitarian and considered signs of wealth for Thais and overseas owners. Used to store spices, cosmetics, betel nut materials, medicine and more, they were also ancestral pieces 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 included stoneware with a glaze and celadons recognized for their high quality and beauty.


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 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 6 in
Place of Origin



Antique, Sukhothai Kingdom


14-15th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 4.25” Dia: 4.625”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 10.79cm Dia: 11.75cm


1 lb


Excellent, age appropriate signs of wear

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