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

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Pot with overall paddle-impressed texture

  • Earthenware
  • 14.9 x 22.9 cm
  • 19th-mid 20th 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
  • S2005.405


Pot with three different paddle-impressed textures—on the neck, the body, and the base.
Clay: orange earthenware.
Glaze: none.
Decoration: none.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 30 July 2002) According to Victor Hauge, this pot was acquired in Saigon. If so, it was probably made by a Khmer potter in the Mekong River Delta.

2. (Louise Cort, 12 July 2006) Dr. Luu Hung and Mrs. Nguyen Thi Hong Mai, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi, suggest that this pot was probably made by an ethnic Khmer potter in the Mekong River delta. Many pots of this type in the VME collection were acquired in the Mekong delta.

3. (Louise Cort, 5 September 2006) A wide-mouthed earthenware pot with related "herringbone" paddle-impressed texture over the body and base was recovered from the Ko Si Chang I shipwreck site, which also yielded a sherd of a Chinese blue-and-white bowl with a four-character Wanli reign mark. Related vessels are said to have been recovered from the Pattaya, Ko Khram, Ko Si Chang II and III, Ko Kradat, and Ko Samui wrecks in Thailand and the Sha Tsui wreck in Hong Kong. and It is described as having a grey buff body. The vessel shape is described as a "rice pot with medium neck" (Green and Harper 1987, 18 fig. 17a).

Green, Jeremy, and Rosemary Harper. 1987. The Maritime Archaeology of Shipwrecks and Ceramics in Southeast Asia. Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology Special Publication No. 4. Fremantle: Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology.

4. (Louise Cort, 21 May 2009) The shape, the vertically aligned paddling, and the form of the neck all resemble traits of S2005.190–191, identified as made by ethnic Khmer potters living in the Mekong delta. To Period added Nguyen dynasty, to Date added 19th–mid 20th century.

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