• Stoneware with iron decoration under ivory glaze; iron wash on base
  • 3 x 12.1 x 12.1 cm
  • late 14th-early 15th century, Tran or Later Le dynasty
  • Origin: Red River Delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Vietnam
  • Provenance: Philippines
  • Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • F1994.11


1. (John Forbes 25 April 1994) Grey-green glaze, interior decorated with underglaze iron black floral spray in center (pontil scars absent) within two faintly drawn circles, broad base unglazed.

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, 16 April 2004)  Changed date from 14th–15th century to Late 14th–
Early 15th century, in agreement with the dating of similar dishes in Stevenson and Guy, eds. 1997, no. 205. Added "Tran or Later Le" to Period.

Stevenson, John, and John Guy, eds. 1997. Vietnamese Ceramics, A Separate Tradition. Chicago: Art Media Resources.

3.  (Louise Cort, 27 February 2005) Changed Medium from Glazed pottery clay, iron pigment to Stoneware with iron decoration under transparent glaze; iron wash on base.

4. (R. Anderson per J. Smith, Oct. 22, 2010) transfer of remark from Provenance 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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