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

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Bowl with incised decoration

  • Stoneware with celadon glaze
  • 8.9 x 15.9 cm
  • 13th-14th century, Tran dynasty
  • Purchase — funds provided by the Docents of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
  • F1998.11

Description

1. (Stephen P. Koob, 10 February 1998) Round bowl, almost hemispherical in shape, with a flat base, and slightly incurving rim. Incised on the exterior with a broad lotus petal design on the lower body, and covered inside and out with a brown-green glaze. Base is unglazed. Pronounced crackle to the glaze. One side of the bowl is slightly dented and has a firing flaw/contact mark from leaning against another vessel in the kiln.

2. (Louise Cort, 3 March 1998) This small bowl with inverted rim was decorated before glazing with eight lotus petals rising from the base, casually incised with double lines. Horizontal double lines ring the mouth and the widest point of the body. Numerous specks of iron have bled into the glossy, olive-green celadon glaze. The flat base is unglazed; the bottom bears five triangular spur marks inside an incised ring.


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