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

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Tea bowl

  • Stoneware with cobalt under clear glaze
  • 10.4 x 13.2 cm
  • 16th century, Later Le, Mac, or Restored Later Le dynasty
  • Origin: Red River Delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Vietnam
  • Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • F1902.13


Tea bowl, on high foot. Repaired with gold lacquer.
Clay: cream-white, porcelanous, buff gray surface where exposed apparently is dirt and stain.
Glaze: transparent, fine crackle, stained; edge of foot, base and ring inside unglazed; brown wash inside foot and on base is typical "chocolate base" of Annamese ware. It is probable that a white slip is under the glaze.
Decoration: painted in inferior (grayish) cobalt blue under the glaze, single stroke. Outside, single chrysanthemums scroll band with leaves in small scale above band of lotus panels. Inside, narrow band of small repeated indistinct pattern at lip, and in center bottom a very cursive character, possibly Fu, enclosed in ring.

Published References

1. Cort, Louise Allison. 1992. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington, DC: Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, 54[fig. 15].

2. Cort, Louise Allison. 1997. "Vietnamese Ceramics in Japanese Contexts." 62–83 in Vietnamese Ceramics, A Separate Tradition, edited by John Stephenson and John Guy. Chicago: Art Media Resources, 70[fig. 6].

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