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Historical period(s)
Later Le dynasty, 15th century
Stoneware with cobalt pigment under transparent glaze; iron-oxide wash on base
37.0 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm
Vietnam, Hai Duong province, Red River Delta kilns
Credit Line
Purchase--Friends of Asian Arts and Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
This tall, slender jar with cobalt decoration of lionlike mythical creatures, peony scrolls, and lotus-petal panels was made at a kiln in the Red River delta of northern Vietnam. Its place of manufacture is confirmed by recent research that has identified the locations of several pottery centers in the delta. The ceramic products of those kilns, made with the fine white local clay, were traded to markets ranging from Japan to West Asia in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries; this jar was recovered in Indonesia.

From at least 1970 to 1992
Ken J.J. Baars, Surrey, England, acquired from a private collector in Southeast Asia, from at least 1970 [1]

From 1992
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Ken J.J. Baars in 1992


[1] J.J. Baars acquired this object between 1966 and 1970, while he was working in Southeast Asia. The object was shipped to Holland in 1970 (see Curatorial Note 6 in the object record).

On View Location
Sackler: Vietnam's Ceramics
Ceramic, Vessel
flower, Later Le dynasty (1428 - 1527), peony, stoneware, Vietnam
Collection(s) Area
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resource(s)
Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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