One of the most important figures in the Mingei folk craft and studio pottery movement in Japan, Kawai Kanjiro’s works are unparalleled in works of art from Mashiko. As a pioneer who showcased the dignity of everyday utensils and functional ceramic wares, he elevated the position of “craft” and the role of “craftsman” in Japanese aesthetics. His works are subtle, wholesome. This pentagonal covered box carries a Shinsya glaze (cinnabar glaze) and calls attention to the way it changes color dramatically after firing. The box has a subtle cracqueleur, adding a simple texture to its shape. The box’s lid recalls a five-petalled blossom: a delicate touch.