Pot with spout used for preparing herbal medicine

  • Earthenware
  • 20.3 x 21 cm
  • Shiwan (Shekwan) ware or Hung Loi ware
  • early 20th century, Qing dynasty or Modern period
  • Origin: Foshan or Saigon, Guangdong province, China or Southern Vietnam
  • Provenance: Vietnam
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.78

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 8 October 2004) Mrs. Tran Thi Thanh Dao of the Museum of Vietnamese History, Ho Chi Minh City, viewing this piece on 30 July 2002 at the Hauges' home, said that vessels like this were made by Chinese potters working at the Hung Loi kiln in the eighth district, Ho Chi Minh City.

2. (Louise Cort, 12 July 2006) According to Dr. Luu Hung, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, jars of this type were made in the south of Vietnam by immigrant Chinese potters. They are known as ‘am sac thuoc’ ("pot-cook-medicine"), jars for steeping herbal medicine. The jar should have a cover.

The likelihood is strong that the Hauges acquired this pot in Saigon rather than Bangkok.

3. (Louise Cort, 24 May 2007) Mrs. Dao kindly gave me a copy of the excavation report for the excavation of the Hung Loi kiln site (Nguyen et al 1999).

Nguyễn Thị Hậu, Trần Sung, and Lai Ngọc Huy. 1999. Báo cáo khai quật di tích Lò Gốm Hưng Lợi—p.16, Quam 8, TPHCM [General Report on Kiln sites of Hung Loi Ceramics—Quarter 16, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City] Ho Chi Minh City: Sở Văn Hóa Thông Tin T.P. HCM [Ministry of Culture and Information Office, Ho Chi Minh City] and Bảo tàng Lịch sử Việt Nam, T.P.HCM [Vietnam History Museum, Ho Chi Minh City].

4. (Louise Cot, 11 October 2012) Unglazed side-spouted pots of this type ware on view in the Guangdong Shiwan Museum. They were made by one of the thirty-six different groups of craftsmen working in the kilns; in various sizes, they were used chiefly for cooking rice gruel.


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