Covered box with floral decoration and striations, Export ware (Viet Nam), porcelain with carved decoration and a white glaze, 3.5 cm. Gift of Max and Cynthia Loveday 2011. 140.2011.a-b. Art Gallery of NewSouth Wales, Sydney (C) Art Gallery of NewSouth Wales, Sydney

Such white-glazed boxes with striations were produced in both Vietnam and more commonly in China’s Dehua kilns for the export market. Chinese examples were made as early as the 13th century, but a number of 17th century examples were found in Indonesia (where these pieces were collected).