Bowl with Lid. Vietnam, 13th-14th century. Glazed stoneware; 6 x 7 in. (15.2 x 17.78 cm). The Alan and Dena Naylor Southeast Asian Art Fund. AN: 2000.82.3a,b. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

While influenced by Chinese models, Vietnamese potters made their own innovations and added new elements to their designs. The domed lid of this bowl, for instance, has a scalloped rim that probably imitates the edge of a lotus leaf. The spontaneously brushed underglaze floral decor is executed with an iron rich compound. This type of covered bowl was popular during the 13th and 14th centuries.