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Stoneware with clear glaze
H x W x D: 4.3 x 8.3 x 8 cm (1 11/16 x 3 1/4 x 3 1/8 in)
Architectural Element
Red River Delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Vietnam
15th-16th century
Later Le dynasty
Shape: Hollow wall-tile fragment, probably architectural.
Clay: The body is a very fine clay, light gray in color, having many small air holes and very few inclusions. Hardness of the body approaches 7 on the Mohs Scale. A cross-section of the body where it has been cut with a diamond saw reveals a distinct layering in the clay body of the tile.
Glaze: The feldspathic, bubbly, translucent glaze covers the sides and top of the tile. The white background has no crackle. The inside of the tile shows uneven coverage of the clear glaze.
Decoration: The body is covered with a milky white slip onto which the cobalt-blue decoration has been painted and into which it has suffused. The underglaze cobalt-blue paint is of good quality. The design is Chinese in style and consists of a chrysanthemum scroll pattern. The leaves are solid strokes, not outlined. Petals are blue-tipped in the manner of 14th-Century Chinese wares with lotus flowers.
Marks: None.
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 object file, Collections Management Office.
[2] See note 1.
[3] See note 1.
Freer Study Collection
Previous custodian or owner:
Abu Ridho (born 1927)
Dr. John Alexander Pope (1906-1982)
chrysanthemum  Search this
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Later Le dynasty (1428 - 1527)  Search this
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Southeast Asian Art  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of John A. Pope
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Restrictions & Rights:
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery