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

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Bowl

  • Stoneware with cobalt pigment and white slip under clear glaze
  • 9 x 16 cm
  • 15th-16th century, Later Le, Mac, or Restored Later Le dynasty
  • Origin: Red River Delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Northern Vietnam
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.90

Description

Blue and white bowl with unglazed rim, round body, tall foot, deep recessed base applied with chocolate brown wash.
Clay: light grey stoneware.
Glaze: clear, glossy, transparent, crazed; mouthrim, footrim and base unglazed.
Decoration: a four-petaled flower spray encircled by double rings on centre medallion, a band of classic scroll round the inner edge of the everted rim, a band of floral and leafy meander above lotus panels on exterior.

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, 162, pl. 1401).

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


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