Lobed bottle in the form of a pear

  • Stoneware with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
  • 4.7 x 4.1 x 4.1 cm
  • 15th century, Later Le dynasty
  • Origin: Red River Delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Vietnam
  • Provenance: Batavia, Java, Indonesia
  • Gift of Dean Frasché
  • F1989.11


Small pear-shaped eight-lobed bottle with flat base.
Clay: pale gray, fine-grained.
Glaze: thin translucent glaze with blue-gray tinge, surface densely covered by fine abrasions; base unglazed.
Decoration: in bright to dark blue underglaze cobalt. Below present rim, two sets of double lines framing band of geometrical patterns. Vertical lines drawn approximately over eight gentle indentations in widest part of body creating eight lobes, ending at top in alternating Y-shape or cloud-collar shape; defined top and bottom by single line.
Mark: none.
Condition: neck ground down.

Curatorial Remarks

1.  (L.A. Cort, 1989) Another bottle of similar size, lobed form, and decoration shows what was probably the original neck form of this bottle, tapering further into a narrow plain mouth (Young et. al., eds. 1982, no. 129). The height of that bottle is 6.4 cm and the diameter is 4 cm, showing that about 1.5 cm was cut off from the top of this bottle, presumably after it suffered damage.

Young, Carol M., Marie-France Dupoizat, and Elizabeth W. Lane, eds. 1982. Vietnamese Ceramics. Singapore: Southeast Asian Ceramic Society and Oxford University Press.

2.  (L.A. Cort, 13 June 1995) "Historical Region: Annam" added to attribution.

3. (Najiba Choudhury, 10/28/2014) Transferred from the Provenance text field: "Collected by the donor in Batavia in 1947."

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