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

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Cooking pot with lid

  • Earthenware
  • 17.2 x 16.8 cm
  • 19th century, Nguyen dynasty
  • Origin: Mekong River Delta, Southern Vietnam
  • Provenance: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.193a-b

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 12 June 2003). Although the provenance record from when we collected the jar on 17 July 2002 shows that the Hauges bought this vessel in Thailand, my notes from a visit to their home on 13 October 1998 in the company of Jochen May, a German collector of Vietnamese ceramics, shows that we looked at the vessel then. This suggests to me that it had been acquired in Vietnam, or at least was considered by the Hauges to be Vietnamese. In addition, the photograph is filed in the notebook of Vietnamese pot photographs.

2. (Louise Cort, 28 May 2007) The ceramics storeroom of the Dong Nai Museum in Bien Hoa contains ceramics recovered within the province, primarily from the Dong Nai River, especially in the vicinity of Bien Hoa. The collection includes a number of earthenware pots, but the greater number are totally smooth, without decoration; some have large-scale paddle-impressed texture similar to the Chao Phraya River network pots. No pot of this type was noted.

3. (Louise Cort, 5 June 2007) Shown a photograph, the director and curator of the Quang Ngai Provincial Museum, Quang Ngai, did not recognize this pot as a local product.

4. (Louise Cort, 7 June 2007) Three staff members of the Hoi An Municipal Museum, Quang Nam, commented that they recognized this vessel shape, although they had no examples in the museum collection.

5. (Louise Cort, 21 May 2009) To Period added Nguyen dynasty, to Date added 19th century, although there is no real evidence for the date of place of production of this pot.

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