Pot with cord-wrapped paddle-impressed design on neck

  • Earthenware
  • 17.6 x 23.2 cm
  • 16th-17th century, Nguyen Lords period
  • Origin: Quang Nam province, Central Vietnam
  • Provenance: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.377

Description

Band of texture impressed with cord-wrapped paddle around neck; rest of body and base paddled smooth.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 26 January 2007) This pot bears a piece of paper taped to the base that reads: "Do Chien-Thanh, Quan-Nam," written in Vietnamese by a Vietnamese writer.

Mrs. Tran Thi Thanh Dao, Museum of Vietnamese History, Ho Chi Minh City, interpreted the note at the time we collected this pot from the Hauges' home. She said that Chien Thanh is the old name for Champa. Quan[g] Nam province in central Vietnam lies just south of the city of Da Nang and includes the Cham ritual center of My Son and the port city of Hoi An. She read the note as: "From Chien Thanh—Quang Nam."

The modern pottery-making community of Thanh Ha is located outside Hoi An, and that should be investigated as a possible source of this pot, although the potters there are ethnic Viet (Kinh), and it was probably just one of many earthenware-producing communities in the region. (Pottery-making in Thanh Hoa, which makes use of a potter's wheel turned by foot by an assistant—a method also used in southern China—is said to have been introduced to the area from Thanh Hoa province in the north.) The band of decoration around the neck produced by a cord-wrapped paddle rather than a carved paddle (as in Thailand) is distinctive and may be of help in identifying the place of production.

In Geography, changed Origin from Thailand to Vietnam, Quang Nam province (recognizing that the pot might have been found in Quang Nam by the writer of the note but made elsewhere). The provenance for the pot is Saigon.

2. (Louise Cort, 5 June 2007) I showed a photograph of this vessel to the director and curator of the Quang Ngai Provincial Museum, Quang Ngai, but they did not recognize it as a local product.


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