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

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Hexagonal ewer with spout and lid

  • Stoneware with copper-green glaze
  • 20.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shiwan (Shekwan) ware
  • 19th-mid 20th century, Qing dynasty or modern period
  • Origin: Shiwan (Shekwan) kilns, Foshan, Guangdong province, China
  • Provenance: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.68a-b

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 24 November 2003) The lid was taken from another jar of this type in the Hauge collection, when this vessel was selected as the best representative piece of its type. The lid should have two flanges to lock it in place.

2. (Louise Cort, 25 May 2007) On view on the third floor of the Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh City, were mold-formed ewers of this type, said to have been made at kilns in the Saigon area.

3. (Louise Cort, 17 June 2008) According to Michel Lee, Curator, Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, this container may have held hot water for tea. "There are still places in China where you can buy a bowl of tea leaves and people will come to refill your bowl with hot water (from modern kettles) for as long as you care to stay. I don't know how large the one in the image is, but I have seen similar examples which were roughly 20 cm in height. I don't think it was necessarily used in a tea house but probably used domestically for topping up a tea bowl." He also suggested that the prototype was made of wood.


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