Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
Collections in the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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Bowl

  • Stoneware with cobalt pigment under translucent ivory-toned glaze
  • 7.9 x 13.2 x 13.2 cm
  • 16th-17th century, Mac or Restored Later Le dynasty
  • Origin: Red River Delta kilns, possibly Hop Le, Vietnam
  • Provenance: Japan
  • Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • F1897.62

Description

Buff clay.
Glaze: Translucent semimatte ash glaze with brown crackle. Foot rim and base unglazed; three spur marks in bottom. Stained around rim inside and out; glaze abraded on rim.
Decoration: Faint gray-blue underglaze cobalt painted decoration of four "Chinese characters" evenly spaced around outside, one in bottom inside double ring.

Published References

1. Cort, Louise Allison. 1992. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington, DC: Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, 192.


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