• Stoneware with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
  • 8 x 16.1 cm
  • 15th-16th century, Later Le, Mac, or Restored Later Le dynasty
  • Origin: Chu Dau kilns, Hai Duong province, Northern Vietnam
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.87


Blue and white bowl with flared rim, round wall, straight foot, recessed base painted with clear glaze.
Clay: light grey stoneware.
Glaze: clear, glossy; thin glaze on rim and inside of footring.
Decoration: painted with underglaze cobalt blue; a floral spray encircled by double rings on central medallion, a band of classic scroll round the interior rim, floral and leafy scroll round the exterior body with cloud scrolls below.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Candy Chan, May 22, 2003) Bowls of this type with a peony spray on interior center, were found in the Hoi An shipwreck, a 15th-16th century cargo that carried mainly ceramics made in the Chu Dau kilnsites in Hai Duong province, Northern Vietnam; in addition to some Thai storage jars. It was discovered off Cu Lao Cham Island in the area of Hoi An town, an ancient trading port in Quang Nam province, Central Vietnam, with over 150,000 intact ceramics on board (Butterfields 2000, vol. 2, 159, pl. 1377).

Shards with the same shell-shaped flower spray on the well of the bowl were excavated from the Chu Dau kilns in Nam Sach district, Hai Duong province, Vietnam (Tăng et al 1993, 47).

Butterfields. 2000. Treasures from the Hoi An Hoard. 2 vols. San Francisco and Los Angeles: Butterfields.

Tăng Bá Hoành, Đang Đình Thể, Vũ Danh Thẳng, Nguyễn Duy Cương, and Nguyễn Khẳc Minh. 1993. Gốm Chu Đậu (Chu Dau Ceramics of Vietnam). Hải Hưng: Bảo tàng tỉnh Hải Hưng (Museum of Hai Hung province).

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