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

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Bowl

  • Stoneware with iron slip and cobalt pigment under clear glaze
  • 8 x 16.4 cm
  • late 14th century, Tran dynasty
  • Origin: Red River Delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Northern Vietnam
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.86

Description

Bowl with flared rim, round wall, splayed foot and recessed base.
Clay: light buff-grey stoneware.
Glaze: clear, transparent, glossy. Five triangular spur marks on interior bottom.
Decoration: painted in low-grade cobalt that contained a high amount of iron, with a chrysanthemum spray encircled by a ring on central medallion; a band of scrolls inside the rim; cloud band on exterior. Brown iron slip brushed on base inside footrim.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Candy Chan, Research Assistant, May 23, 2003) Bowls of this type using low grade cobalt are dated to the 14th century (Stevenson and Guy eds. 1997, 286–287, pls. 208, 212).

Stevenson, John, and John Guy, eds. 1997. Vietnamese Ceramics, A Separate Tradition. Chicago: Art Media Resources.


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