Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
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Water dropper in the form of a peach

  • Stoneware with underglaze cobalt pigment
  • 2.5 x 3.5 x 3.9 cm
  • 16th century, Later Le, Mac, or Restored Later Le dynasty
  • Origin: Red River Delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Vietnam
  • Provenance: Batavia, Java, Indonesia
  • Gift of Dean Frasché
  • F1989.18

Description

Small pot molded in the shape of a peach with a small round mouth, stem in relief and concave base.
Clay: pale grey.
Glaze: whitish, opaque, coarsely crackled, abraded to even matteness on surface except where protected near raised stem and pointed end of peach form; thin clear glaze on interior; base unglazed.
Decoration: in inky blue underglaze cobalt. Dotted texture on stem; blossom and two leaves on body at end of stem. Bat on upper surface of body at pointed end. The peach and the bat are emblematic of longevity and good luck, following Chinese imagery.
Mark: none.
Condition: chip missing from one end of stem.


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