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At A Glance

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  • Period

    15th century
  • Geography

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

    Stoneware with cobalt pigment under clear glaze; iron pigment on base
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 37 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm (14 9/16 x 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Clay: white stoneware.
    Glaze: colorless glaze on body; iron-oxide wash on base.
    Decoration: On neck, band of "treasure" lattice. On shoulder, three mythical beasts (baize) alternating with four-pronged clouds whose centers resemble the fungus of immortality, the space filled by smaller flame-like clouds and wish-granting jewels, some enclosed by flames and others not. On upper half of body,scrolling vine enclosing four open peony blossoms. On lower body, elongated lotus-panels enclosing pendant floral motifs. Above foot, band of pendant cloud-collar forms.
  • Provenance

    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] Ken 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).
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Vietnam's Ceramics: Depth and Diversity (July 11, 2015 - July 10, 2016)
    Vietnamese Ceramics from the Red River Delta (July 10, 2005 to November 15, 2009)
    America Meets Asia at the Freer Gallery of Art (May 9, 1993 to June 2, 1998)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Ken J.J. Baars
  • Origin

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

    Purchase — funds provided by the Friends of Asian Arts and the Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program
  • Type

  • On View

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