• Stoneware with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
  • 2 x 4 x 4 cm
  • 15th century, Later Le dynasty
  • Origin: Red River Delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Vietnam
  • Provenance: Batavia, Java, Indonesia
  • Gift of Dean Frasché
  • F1989.13


Jar of flattened shape with short, inverted neck and carved foot.
Clay: light gray, fine-grained.
Glaze: translucent, grayish-white glaze, matte texture. Interior and base unglazed.
Decoration: in underglaze cobalt. Single line at base of neck. Double line at shoulder, from which hang eight trefoil designs, four larger and four smaller in alternation.
Mark: none.

Curatorial Remarks

1.  (L.A. Cort, 1989) A slightly larger jar of similar shape, with a more elaborate decor based on the same trefoil motifs, is illustrated in Young, et. al., eds. 1982, no. 69.

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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