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

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Jar with four ornamental lugs and incised decoration

  • Unglazed stoneware
  • 17.2 x 13 cm
  • 18th-19th century, Tay Son or Nguyen dynasty
  • Origin: Possibly Northern Vietnam
  • Provenance: Mekong RIver Delta, Southern Vietnam
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.117

Description

Jar of slender ovoid form with cylindrical neck, damaged flared mouth, flat base and four lugs on the shoulder but three of them are in broken condition.
Clay: underfired stoneware, red, coarse.
Glaze: none.
Decoration: one incised ring below four decorative lugs.
Label: a label, "Em/14.40", written by Gratia Hauge in blue ball pen, is adhered on the base by tape.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 11 October 2005) Comments from Morimoto Asako, archaeologist specializing in Vietnamese and Chinese ceramics recovered from Hakata [Fukuoka], Short-term Visitor to study the Hauge collection:

This clay body (dense, red-orange, with little or no grog) is not familiar to her from her research in Vietnam.

2. (Louise Cort, 16 October 2005) This vessel is marked with Gratia Hauge's label describing it as "Oc Eo," indicating that it was acquired in the Mekong River delta.

3. (Louise Cort, 7 June 2007) Three staff members of the Hoi An Municipal Museum, Quang Nam, commented that they had not seen jars like S2005.116–117 in Thanh Ha, the pottery-making community on the outskirts of the city. (The ancestors of the Thanh Ha potters had come from Nghe An and Thanh Hoa provinces in the sixteenth century.)


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