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

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Bowl

  • Porcelain with cobalt pigment under colorless glaze
  • 7.3 x 14.7 cm
  • Jingdezhen ware
  • late 15th-16th century, Ming dynasty
  • Origin: Jingdezhen kilns, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Provenance: Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Gift of Dorothy M. Slak
  • F1986.34

Description

Bowl; straight lip and rather high foot; interior of foot cut into the body.
Clay: porcelain, slightly oxidized where exposed on footrim.
Glaze: clear, dry and slightly matt surface, worn on bottom; large irregular crackle.
Decoration: in underglaze cobalt. Outside: narrow geometric border below rim; on wall, lotus vinescroll with two alternating forms of lotus blossoms and dense foliage; single horizontal band at base; three bands defining foot. Inside: narrow geometric border below rim; on wall, lotus vinescroll with small blossoms, sparse foliage and some free-floating leaves; four-pronged vajra in bottom.
Mark: none.


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