• Stoneware with white slip and iron pigment under clear glaze; iron wash on the base
  • 3.8 x 12.1 x 21.1 cm
  • 14th-15th century, Tran or Later Le dynasty
  • Origin: Red River delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Vietnam
  • Provenance: Philippines
  • Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • F1994.10


1. (John Forbes 25 April 1994) Creamy finely crackled light grey glaze, interior decorated with underglaze blue floral spray in center (on which are four pontil spur scars) within a circle and three circles in underglaze iron black near rim, thin chocolate brown bottom.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Aoyagi Yoji, Sophia University, Tokyo; 21 February 1995)  In the Philippines, brown-and-white (iron-decorated) dishes are found only from a limited number of sites, such as Bohor, the island between Cebu and Butuan.

2. (Louise Cort, 19 October 2005) Morimoto Asako observed that there is white slip under the glaze, and noted the four spur marks on the face of the dish.

3. (Najiba Choudhury per J. Smith, September 14, 2015) Transferred from the Provenance text field: "Collected by John Forbes during his foreign service posting in Manilla. Export was approved, retroactively, by the National Museum of the Philippines in Manilla. See object file for documentation."

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