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

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Dish with foliate rim

  • Stoneware with white slip and iron pigment under transparent glaze; iron wash on base
  • 2.9 x 14.3 x 14.3 cm
  • second half 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
  • F1994.12


1. (John Forbes 25 April 1994) Very finely crackled grey-green glaze, interior decorated with underglaze iron black floral spray (on which are five pontil spur scars) within two circles, interior shoulder decorated with vertical sectioning ending in scalloped rim, exterior shoulder molded, very shallow foot surrounds chocolate brown base.

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, 27 February 2005) Changed Medium from Glazed pottery clay, iron pigment to Stoneware with iron decoration under transparent glaze; iron wash on base. Changed date from 14th–15th century to 14th–Early 15th century.

3. (Louise Cort, 19 October 2005) According to Morimoto Asako, Fukuoka, there is slip under the clear glaze. It is not clear whether the rim was molded or hand carved. The black adhesions on the foot rim are curious. Five irregularly spaced spur marks in the bottom.

To Medium added White slip.

4. (Louise Cort 11 February 2015) According to archaeologist Abe Yuriko, a large quantity of dishes of this type was excavated from the Nikaiden site in Shuri Castle, Okinawa. The site lies under the level of a building erected ca. 1450, so it dates to the second quarter of the fifteenth century. Many green-glazed dishes from northern Vietnamese kilns were also found.

Changed Date from 14th-early 15th century to Second half 14th century-early 15th century.

5. (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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