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

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  • Stoneware with cobalt pigment under translucent glaze
  • 2.1 x 2.8 x 2.8 cm
  • 15th century, Later Le dynasty
  • Origin: Red River Delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Vietnam
  • Provenance: Batavia, Java, Indonesia
  • Gift of Dean Frasché
  • F1989.16


Jar with short neck and flat base.
Clay: pale gray, fine-grained.
Glaze: translucent, ivory-toned, coarsely-crackled; appears heavier around the shoulder, as if applied in two coats, and milkier, as if underfired; glaze appears to have been ground off above edge of unglazed base. Interior glazed.
Decoration: in dark blue underglaze cobalt. Single line at base of neck, from which four petal lappets project onto shoulder, their drawing obscured by the grainy and milky glaze.
Mark: none.

Curatorial Remarks

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

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

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