Fragment of underglaze iron-black-painted wall tile

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    15th-16th century
  • Geography

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

    Stoneware with iron pigment under clear glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 4.4 x 9.9 x 7.4 cm (1 3/4 x 3 7/8 x 2 15/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Shape: Shard consists of a corner fragment of a thick, mold-formed wall tile. The tile walls are straight, approximately 4.2 cm thick from the face of the tile to the back of the wall. The interior of the tile is hollow and of uneven thickness. The thickness of the tile from face to the hollow back is roughly 2.0 - 2.3 cm. Imprints of what appear to be finger marks on the inside of the hollowed-out back of the shard suggest that it was made by forming in a mold.
    Clay: The body is composed of a fine-grained, light-gray clay having few inclusions or air pockets.
    Glaze: The tile is covered with a light, milky white glaze over iron-black underglaze decoration. The iron-black underglaze painting is violet-brown where it has burned through the glaze.
    Decoration: The underglaze iron-black decorative motif consists of straight bands enclosing a simple scroll surrounding an inner panel having vegetal designs.
    Marks: None.
  • Provenance

    To 1957
    Abu Ridho, Jakarta, Indonesia. [1]
    John A. Pope (1906-1982), Washington DC, gift of Abu Ridho, Jakarta, Indonesia. [2]
    From 1957
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of John A. Pope, Washington DC [3]
    [1] See Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See note 1. See also object file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    Freer Study Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Abu Ridho (born 1927)
    Dr. John Alexander Pope (1906-1982)
  • Origin

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

    Gift of John A. Pope
  • Type

    Architectural Element
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