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At A Glance

  • Period

    15th century
  • Geography

    Red River Delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Vietnam
  • Material

    Stoneware with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 4.5 x 7.4 x 7.4 cm (1 3/4 x 2 15/16 x 2 15/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Round covered box; center panel of cover slightly recessed, base slightly recessed; one chip inside edge of cover.
    Clay: pale putty-colored, high-fired, hard, fine texture, resonant, but without transparency.
    Glaze: thin, clear, covers decoration on white slip on outside, inside of bowl and partial on inside of cover. Some deterioration on cover only, in the form of iridescent flaking over areas of heaviest concentration of blue. Both glaze and slip stop a little short of unglazed base.
    Decoration: painted in underglaze cobalt blue on white slip. Cover: center panel, containing an eight-petalled flower head, lies within a border of six petal shapes filled alternately with plant and geometric forms. Sides: six lotus petal panels filled alternately with leaf and concentric wave patterns.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Origin

    Red River Delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Vietnam
  • Credit Line

    Anonymous gift
  • Type

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