Jar

  • Stoneware with cobalt pigment under transparent glaze; iron-oxide wash on base
  • 37 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm
  • 15th century, Later Le dynasty
  • Origin: Red River Delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Vietnam
  • Purchase — funds provided by the Friends of Asian Arts and the Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program
  • F1992.12

Description

Clay: white stoneware.
Glaze: colorless glaze on body; iron-oxide wash on base.
Decoration: On neck, band of "treasure" lattice. On shoulder, three mythical beasts (baize) alternating with four-pronged clouds whose centers resemble the fungus of immortality, the space filled by smaller flame-like clouds and wish-granting jewels, some enclosed by flames and others not. On upper half of body,scrolling vine enclosing four open peony blossoms. On lower body, elongated lotus-panels enclosing pendant floral motifs. Above foot, band of pendant cloud-collar forms.

Published References

1. Beach, Milo C. 1993. "The Freer Gallery of Art." Orientations [May], 72[fig. 12].

2. Cort, Louise Allison. 1994. "In Search of Ceramics in Vietnam." Asian Art and Culture VII(1): 44, fig. 1.


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