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

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  • Stoneware with thin iron glaze
  • 25 x 28 cm
  • 19th-early 20th century, Qing dynasty or modern period
  • Origin: Zhejiang province, China
  • Provenance: Okinawa prefecture, Japan
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.76

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 11 October 2005) Comments from Morimoto Asako, archaeologist specializing in Vietnamese and Chinese ceramics recovered from Hakata [Fukuoka], Short-term Visitor to study the Hauge collection:

This is definitely Chinese. This type of jar might have been made to store and transport Shaoxing wine. In Xian she saw jars of this type in the market and in shops that had been used to transport and sell salted vegetables, salted fruits, and salted fish from Zhejiang province.

Note the stacking scars on the shoulder.

The vessel is recent in date, probably 20th century.

2. (Louise Cort, 16 October 2005) Changed Origin from China? to China, and added Zhejiang province. To Date added Probably 20th century.

3. (Louise Cort, 17 October 2005) I originally understood that Victor and Taka had acquired this jar in Okinawa. Last night they corrected this information, saying that they had bought this and one other jar (not acquired by the Sackler) in Kyushu, where they had been told they came from Okinawa. They assumed at the time that meant they had been made in Okinawa.

4. (Louise Cort, 16 February 2006) Jars of related form, with rolled rims, rounded shoulders, and slightly tapered bodies, made of coarse brown stoneware with brown glaze, were recovered from the wreck "Desaru," a Chinese ship that sank in the 1840s with a cargo of Chinese ceramics (www.maritimeasia.ws/desaru). The wreck was found near the town of Desaru, in the southeast of Johor in peninsular Malaysia. The jars bore cross-hatching of paddle marks on their shoulder and upper body. The three sizes were 15–17 cm high, 18–20 cm high, and 49–51 cm high. They were described as stored below deck, containing smaller pots of various types; the smallest sizes filled the spaces between larger jars. The jars were simply described as "from southern China"; the other ceramics included wares from Jingdezhen, Yixing, Dehua, Suzhou, and porcelain kilns in Guangdong.


5. (Louise Cort, 12 July 2006) According to Dr. Luu Hung, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi, the rim of this jar resembles that of the jar known as ‘srung’ among the Mnong and Stieng ethnic groups in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.

6. (Louise Cort, 22 March 2007) A brown-glazed jar of related barrel form and texture (h. 36 cm) was recovered from the Tek Sing wreck. The Tek Sing was a Chinese junk that sailed from Amoy in 1822 with a cargo of ceramics, tea, silk, and medicine (Nagel Auctions 2000, no. TS 344).

Changed Date from Probably early 20th century to 19th–early 20th century, on the basis of the dates of the Tek Sing and Desaru shipwrecks.

Nagel Auctions. 2000. Tek Sing Treasures. Stuttgart: Nagel Auctions.

7. (Louise Cort, 19 June 2007) A jar of this type, with prominent round stacking scars on the shoulder, and two parallel lines around the barrel-shaped midsection (traces of forming) was excavated from the Tojinyashiki (Chinese residence) in Nagasaki, from a context dated 18–19th century, and was on view in the Kyushu National Museum.

Related Chinese jars excavated from other Nagasaki sites are illustrated in Tokyo-to Edo-Tokyo Hakubutsukan (Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum) 1996, 89.

Tokyo-to Edo-Tokyo Hakubutsukan (Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum), ed. 1996. Horidasareta toshi: Edo, Nagasaki, Amusuterudamu, Rondon, Nyū Yōku (Unearthed Cities: Edo, Nagasaki, Amsterdam, London, New York). Tokyo: Tokyo-to Rekishi Bunka Zaidan.

8. (Louise Cort, 28 May 2007) The ceramics storeroom of the Dong Nai Museum in Bien Hoa contains ceramics recovered within the province, primarily from the Dong Nai River, especially in the vicinity of Bien Hoa. A jar of this type is in the collection (h. 27 cm). It bore scars from stacking on the shoulder and a visible seam at mid-body. A staff member said that it was made by "Chinese in Vietnam."

9. (Louise Cort, 10 April 2017) Another jar of this type, still with the collection in the possession of the Hauge heirs, bears deposits of lime on the shoulder, remnants of the material used to attach a lid.

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