• Stoneware with cobalt pigment and white slip under clear glaze
  • 5.3 x 28.7 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
  • S2005.92


Dish with flared mouth, narrow flat rim with raised edge, carved footring and broad base applied with brown wash.
Clay: light grey stoneware.
Glaze: clear, glossy, transparent; mouthrim and footrim unglazed.
Decoration: painted in cobalt blue pigment on white slip. A chrysanthemum with four leafy sprays encircled by a band of cloud scroll on central medallion, a band of four-petalled flower in alternative with leafy tendril on cavetto, a band of classic scroll on narrow flat rim, large lotus panels on exterior.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Candy Chan, May 22, 2003) Dishes of this type with a chrysanthemum spray on interior center, were found in the Hoi An shipwreck. It was a 15th–16th century cargo 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, 106, pl. 1097).

Shards of similar decoration of this dish were excavated from the Chu Dau kilns in Nam Sach district, Hai Duong province, Vietnam (Tăng et al 1993, pls. A50–A51).

Butterfields. 2000. Treasures from the Hoi An Hoard. 2 vols, Vol. 2. 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).

2. (Candy Chan, May 23, 2003) Dish of this type was recovered at the grave sites in Puerto Galera, Mindoro and on Verde Island in Philippines. The burial objects there dated between 10th–15th century (Locisn and Locsin 1967, 127–131, pl. 147).

Locsin, Leandro, and Cecilia Locsin. 1967. Oriental Ceramics discovered in the Philippines. Rutland, VT and Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co.

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