Bowl with incised decoration

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    13th-14th century
  • Geography

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

    Stoneware with celadon glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam (overall): 8.9 x 15.9 cm (3 1/2 x 6 1/4 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Round bowl, almost hemispherical in shape, with a flat base, and slightly incurving rim. Incised on the exterior with a broad lotus petal design on the lower body, and covered inside and out with a brown-green glaze. Base is unglazed. Pronounced crackle to the glaze. One side of the bowl is slightly dented and has a firing flaw/contact mark from leaning against another vessel in the kiln.
    This small bowl with inverted rim was decorated before glazing with eight lotus petals rising from the base, casually incised with double lines. Horizontal double lines ring the mouth and the widest point of the body. Numerous specks of iron have bled into the glossy, olive-green celadon glaze. The flat base is unglazed; the bottom bears five triangular spur marks inside an incised ring.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Chao Phraya Gallery
  • Provenance

    To 1998
    Chao Phraya Gallery, Washington, DC, acquired from an unidentified collector, to 1998 [1]
    From 1998
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Chao Phraya Gallery in 1998
    [1] According to the proprietors of the Chao Phraya Gallery, this object came from a collector who had acquired it in Indonesia around 1982 (see Curatorial Note 3, Louise Cort, December 19, 1997).
  • Origin

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

    Purchase — funds provided by the Docents of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
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