Cooking pot

  • Earthenware
  • 29.4 x 27.8 cm
  • 19th-mid 20th century, Nguyen dynasty
  • Origin: Probably Central Highlands, Vietnam
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.195

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 7 January 2007) Earthenware vessels of similar elongated "bag" form were recovered in the Dai Lang cemetery, Lam Dong province, Vietnam. Two from a grave that contained Chinese and northern Vietnamese ceramics datable to 14th–18th century are illustrated in Morimoto Asako 1996, 110, fig. 13.

The surface of this vessel is lightly burnished on the diagonal, suggesting that it might have been finished using the type of rattan loop used by Cham potters, by potters in Nghe An province and the Central Highlands, and by potters in a few communities in southern Laos. The vessel technique and form feels unrelated to paddle-and-anvil finishing techniques associated with various groups of ethnic Tai potters in the lowland areas. It is distinguished by its plain surface from the group of pots more definitely associated with the Central Highlands (S2005.196–202) by their black vegetable-resin finish.

Morimoto Asako. 1996. "Chūbu Betonamu, Ramudon-shō Dairan iseki no tōjiki (Ceramics from the Dai Lang Site in the Central Highlands of Vietnam)." Bōeki Tōji Kenkyū [Trade Ceramics Studies] 16: 94–110 (Japanese), 129 (English summary).

2. (Louise Cort, 26 January 2007) A pot of this shape and size (h. 30 cm, diam. 29 cm, diam. of mouth 20.5 cm, h. of rim 4.5 cm) is in the collection of the Kom Tum Provincial Museum, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, which I visited on 13 March on 2006. The museum accession number is 4218. According to museum records, it was collected from xa Yaly, sa Thay, a Gia Rai ethnic community in the center of the province. The pot was red with black smudges. It had a single line of dotted impressions at the line of the neck and shoulder. Close examination suggested that it was finished using a paddle and anvil. At the time I asked myself whether it could have been traded in from potters over the border in Laos or Cambodia, since all the locally made pots I had seen were blackened with vegetable resin.

3. (Louise Cort, 31 May 2007) The Khanh Hoa Museum, Nha Trang, owns no pots of this type. The three largest non-Vietnamese (Kinh) ethnic groups living in the province are Raglai, Ede, and Trin, and none make ceramics.


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