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

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Jar with combed decoration

  • Unglazed stoneware
  • 17.5 x 17.9 cm
  • 19th-early 20th century, Nguyen dynasty
  • Origin: Southern Vietnam
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.179


Jar of globular form with short neck, rolled lip and flat base.
Clay: brown earthenware (possibly underfired stoneware) with white inclusions.
Glaze: none.
Decoration: wide band of rings incised on the shoulder using combing tool.

Curatorial Remarks

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

Base and bottom trimmed. Made by coiling and throwing, finished with smoothing or polishing of the body surface up to the shoulder.

White stones in the clay. The clay body is similar to that of S2005.137. If Vietnamese, it is probably from the south (where she did not survey as intensively) rather than the center or north (where she looked intensively at unglazed stoneware). The clay body is close to that used for the cylindrical nuoc mam vessels (S2004.195–211). The base is also similarly finished.

2. (Louise Cort, 18 October 2005) Morimoto Asako questioned the nature of the marks on the base of this jar, which seemingly have been worn off by use. Perhaps they were the imprint of the surface on which the jar rested after forming, rather than of a cord used to separate the jar from the wheel.

Preparing for her presentation to the Washington Oriental Ceramic Group, Morimoto Asako grouped S2004.213–222 as coming from southern Vietnam and noted that this jar resembled them in the clay body and treatment of the base.

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