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 clear glaze; metal rim
  • 3.1 x 4.6 x 4.6 cm
  • 16th century, Later Le, Mac, or Restored Later Le dynasty
  • Origin: Red River Delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Vietnam
  • Provenance: Jakarta, Java, Indonesia
  • Gift of Dean Frasché
  • F1989.22


Small jar with low straight neck repaired with metal band and carved inset base.
Clay: buff, fine-grained.
Glaze: thin, shiny, translucent; clear, grayish glaze on interior; base unglazed.
Decoration: in dark blue cobalt under the glaze. Body surface divided by thick lines framed by two thin lines into pentagonal compartments; the upper register of six such compartments filled in alternation with diaper and cloud-swirl motifs; the lower register of six with single full-faced flowers, floral sprays, and cloud-sprays in alternation.
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 Djakarta, Indonesia, in 1958."

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