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

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Covered box

  • Stoneware with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
  • 4.2 x 7 x 7 cm
  • 15th-16th century, Later Le, Mac, or Restored Later Le dynasty
  • Origin: Red River Delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Vietnam
  • Provenance: Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Gift of Dorothy M. Slak
  • F1986.40a-b

Description

Covered box with flattened rim and molded foliation.
Clay: pale gray stoneware.
Glaze: translucent white; foot unglazed.
Decoration: in underglaze cobalt, somewhat obscured by glaze: on lid, central floral spray enclosed by eight radiating panels filled with alternating blue foliage and geometric designs.
Mark: none.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (L.A. Cort, 1986) A jar of related decorative program but much finer execution and larger size, dated 15th–16th century and allegedly found in Sulawesi, is shown as pl. 151 in Mikami, ed. 1984.  A box of related design was found in the Calatagan burial site in Batangas, Phillippines (Fox 1989, pl. 137, reproduced in Mikami ed. 1984, op. cit., 213, fig. 153).

Mikami Tsugio, ed. 1984. Nankai (Southeast Asia). Vol. 16, Sekai Tōji Zenshū (Ceramic Art of the World). Tokyo: Shogakukan.

Fox, Robert B. 1959. The Calatagan Excavations—Two 15th Century Burial Sites in Batagas, Philippines. Manila: Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus.

2. (L.A. Cort, August 1989) The terminology is changed from "Annamese" to "Vietnamese."

3. (Najiba Choudhury, 10/29/2014) Transferred from the Provenance text field: "Acquired by Ms. Slak in Jakarta, Indonesia, circa 1968."


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