Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
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Jar

  • Stoneware with white slip under clear glaze
  • 3.8 x 7.3 x 7.3 cm
  • 15th century, Later Le dynasty
  • Origin: Red River Delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Vietnam
  • Provenance: Jakarta, Java, Indonesia
  • Gift of Dean Frasché
  • F1989.27

Description

Small jar of flattened shape with lobed sides and carved inset foot.
Clay: buff, fine grained.
Glaze: clear, lustrous, ivory-toned, gray-green where thick, finely crackled; applied over white slip which is visible where exposed at foot; interior and foot unglazed.
Decoration: molded ridge at shoulder line, defining upper edge of lobed sides.

Curatorial Remarks

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

2.  (L.A. Cort, 12 August 1997) Another jarlet of this shape, but slightly smaller (diam. 6.3 cm) is dated fifteenth century and apparently was found in the Philippines (Tan et al. 1993, no. 143).

Tan, Rita C., Li Zhi-yan, Rosemary E. Scott, Allison I Diem, Roxanna M. Brown, and Oriental Ceramic Society of the Philippines. 1993. Chinese and South-East Asian White Ware Found in the Philippines. Singapore and New York: Oxford University Press.

3. (R. Anderson per J. Smith, Oct 8, 2010) Transfer of remark from Provenance Field; "Collected by the donor in Djakarta, Indonesia, in 1958."


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