Fragment of an underglaze cobalt-blue-painted wall tile moldmade body

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 cobalt pigment under clear glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 3.3 x 6.6 x 4.9 cm (1 5/16 x 2 5/8 x 1 15/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Shape: Fragment of a hollow-back wall tile, probably architectural. The side wall of the tile ranges is roughly 1.4 cm thick. The height of the wall is 3.2 cm from face to base. The tile is approximately 1.5 cm thick from face to hollowed-out back.
    Clay: The body consists of a very fine gray clay which is generally the color and consistency of glazing putty with occasional darker portions. The clay body exhibits many small and a few large air pockets but virtually no inclusions.
    Glaze: The tile is covered with a thin transparent glaze.
    Decoration: Decoration consists of underglaze cobalt-blue painting of lobed designs. The painting is free and done in the Chinese style. It is not clear whether there is a slip under the cobalt-blue painting, although it appears that such is the case and that the cobalt pigment has suffused into the slip. The cobalt decoration is very dark blue, especially where the painter applied the pigment thickly.
    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 Remarks 2 and 3 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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