• Stoneware with iron glaze
  • 6.8 x 6.3 cm
  • 17th-18th century, Ming or Qing dynasty
  • Origin: Fujian province or Guangdong province, China
  • Provenance: Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.49


Jarlet of globular form with short neck, flared mouth and broad shoulder tapering toward flat base.
Clay: grey stoneware.
Glaze: brown, opaque, matt; falls short irregularly of foot, base unglazed.
Decoration: none.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 27 January 2006) Brown-glazed bottles of similar form, but with somewhat broader shoulders, longer necks, and thinner rims, were found aboard the Binh Dinh shipwreck, which was located offshore from Phan Thiet, in south-central Vietnam (The Binh Thuan Shipwreck. Christie's Australia, Melbourne, 1–2 March 2004). The shipwreck, excavated in 2002, has been dated to the first decade of the 17th century (1601–1610). The bulk of the cargo consisted of blue-and-white and enamel-decorated white porcelain from the Zhangzhou kilns in southern Fujian province. The brown-glazed jars (nos. 129–139, h. 15 cm) were said to be "perhaps products of Guangdong kilns" (ibid., 9, fig. 61).

Brown-glazed jars with still broader, and angular, shoulders, were found in association with Zhangzhou blue-and-white wares on the junk Royal Captain, excavated in 1985 west of Palawan. That wreck is dated to the Wanli era (1573–1620). Some pieces recovered from the wreck were on view in the Musée Guimet, Paris, in November 2005.

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