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  • Period

    15th century
  • Geography

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

    Stoneware with white slip and cobalt pigment under colorless glaze; iron pigment on base
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 7.5 x 37.7 x 37.7 cm (2 15/16 x 14 13/16 x 14 13/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Large dish, thickly potted, with narrow everted rim, deep cavetto, flat center over flat base, and low rounded foot.
    Clay: stoneware; dense, smooth, light grayish-buff.
    Glaze: thin, high-fired, transparent, low luster, over white slip. Thin light-brown translucent glaze brushed unevenly onto foot. Foot rim unglazed. Base wiped counter-clockwise with thin glaze wash marked with striations.
    Decoration: Painted in underglaze cobalt blue on white slip. Central design is of two fish facing in opposite directions and ventrally opposed among water weeds. This is framed by a narrow band within double lines, containing six spaced motifs -- three cloud scrolls alternating with three six-petal flowers and scrolls. Cavetto has eight peony flowers alternating with sprays of spiky leaves. Although interrupted, the impression is of a continuous scroll. Exterior of cavetto, lotus petal panels containing pendant scroll.
    Mark: none.
  • Provenance

    To 1987
    Mrs. A.D. Worthington, Vienna, Virginia, acquired in Jakarta, to 1987 [1]
    From 1987
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Mrs. A.D. Worthington in 1987
    [1] According to Mrs. Worthington, when she purchased the object in Jakarta, Indonesia, she was told that it had come from Sulawesi (see Curatorial Note 6, Louise Cort, May 12, 2004, in object record).
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Vietnamese Ceramics from the Red River Delta (July 10, 2005 to November 15, 2009)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Mrs. A.D. Worthington
  • Origin

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

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

  • On View

    Freer East Corridor: Looking Out, Looking In: The Art of Late Imperial China
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