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

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  • Stoneware with white slip and cobalt pigment under clear glaze
  • 4.5 x 7.9 x 7.9 cm
  • 16th century, Later Le, Mac, or Restored Later Le dynasty
  • Origin: Hai Duong province, Red River delta, Vietnam
  • Provenance: East Djakarta, Java, Indonesia
  • Gift of Dean Frasché
  • F1989.30


Low bowl with inverted plain rim, rounded sides, and flat base.
Clay: light gray, fine-grained.
Glaze: clear, lustrous, over white slip inside and out; slip and glaze pared away above base; base unglazed.
Decoration: in underglaze cobalt in graded shades, pale to dark. Outside, double lines, very faint, below rim and above base enclosing vinescrolls with four four-petal full-face blossoms. Inside, small abstract floral spray in bottom.
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 East Djakarta, Indonesia, in 1958."

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