John Forbes, Silver Spring, Maryland, acquired in Manila, to 1994 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from John Forbes in 1994
 According to Curatorial Note 5 in the object record.
- Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)
Finely crackled creamy white glaze on interior and creamy green glaze on exterior running evenly to foot, interior decorated with underglaze iron black floral spray in center (on which are seven pontil spur scars) surrounded by three clouds and a flaming pearl, everted rim and exterior shoulder decorated with calligraphic bands, extremely shallow foot borders bottom with traces of chocolate brown.
Medium dish with everted rim, rounded lip, wide cavetto, small flat bottom with six spur marks and one blemish scar, on low, wide, beveled unglazed footrim.
CLAY: greyish-brown stoneware; slightly warped and uneven with bumps.
GLAZE: transparent, green tonality, with crackling. Brown wash on foot.
DECORATION: in underglaze iron pigment, grey-brown in color under the glaze and dark brown where the glaze is thin, exposing the iron to the atmosphere. The quickly and sparingly applied decor evokes a sense of continuous movement in infinite space. Inside the central medallion, marked by a circle with overlapped lines, is a floral spray resting on a leafy stem and surrounded by clusters of leaves painted as single brush lines and crowned by a wavy string. Encircling the medallion are a flaming jewel and three trailing clouds with miniature clouds attached to the tails. On the rim is a conventional classic scroll. On the exterior is a calligraphic design. Brown slip is painted on the base.
- Published References
- Louise Allison Cort, George Williams, David P. Rehfuss. Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia. Washington. .
- Roxanna M. Brown. The Ceramics of South-East Asia: Their Dating and Identification. Oxford in Asia Studies in Ceramics, 2nd ed. Singapore and New York. pls. 10e-f.
- Collection Area(s)
- Southeast Asian Art
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