Jar

  • Stoneware with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
  • 6.6 x 8.5 x 8.5 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
  • F1986.43

Description

Small jar with tapering neck and rounded rim, flattened shoulder and globular body.
Clay: fine gray stoneware.
Glaze: clear, large irregular crackle; slightly bluish where thicker.
Decoration: in underglaze cobalt; lotus-petal collar around shoulder, above faint double line; on body, three large four-petal flowers interspersed with sprays of foliage, bounded below by two faint double lines; near base, three abstract brush marks probably meant to be cloud scrolls.
Mark: none.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (L.A. Cort, 1986) The Indonesian dealer's slip contained in the jar reads "Meng dinasti."

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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