• Stoneware with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
  • 4.6 x 8.7 cm
  • 15th century, Tran dynasty
  • Origin: Red River Delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Northern Vietnam
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.85


Blue and white cup with flat base and four spur marks on interior well.
Clay: light grey stoneware.
Glaze: clear, crazed, glossy.
Decoration: painted in underglaze cobalt blue over white slip; a flaming pearl encircled by a ring on interior centre, a ring below rim, a band of calligraphy strokes on exterior upper body.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Candy Chan, Intern, April 17, 2002) The motif on the interior bottom of this cup shows similarity with the 'flaming pearl' motif on a Chinese angular bowl found in the Philippines, described in  Addis 1968, 22, 31, pl. 56.

Addis, John Mansfield. 1968. "The Connections between Shu-fu and Early Blue-and-White and the Question of Their Dating". Paper read at Manila trade pottery seminar: introductory notes, at Manila: Research Foundation in Philippine Anthropology and Archaeology.

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