Jar with incised decoration

  • Stoneware with translucent greenish-yellow and iron glazes
  • 15 x cm
  • 13th-14th century, Tran dynasty
  • Purchase — funds provided by the Docents of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
  • F1998.10

Description

1. (Stephen P. Koob, 10 February 1998) Large glazed round jar, with wide mouth, thick out-turned rim and flat base. Creamy gray-white glaze on the exterior and interior, except for the base and interior bottom. Decorated on the exterior with incised lines forming "panels," within which large floral designs are executed in brown glaze. Two small holes punched through on the upper shoulder of one side.

2. (Louise Cort, 3 March 1998) A wide-mouthed jar with four ornamented panels and a broad, flat base. The decoration is cut into the soft clay through the just-applied raw glaze and painted with iron pigment. The glaze on this jar fired to pale yellow-green.


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