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Stoneware with copper-green-tinted lead glaze
H x W x D: 3.5 x 11 x 7.6 cm (1 3/8 x 4 5/16 x 3 in)
Architectural Element
Red River Delta kilns, Hai Duong province, Vietnam
15th-16th century
Later Le dynasty
Shape: Corner fragment of a hollow-back wall tile. As the corner angle is approximately 135 degrees, the original shape of the tile may have been octagonal. Tile wall is 3.5 cm from face to base. The face of the tile varies from 1.8 - 2.0 cm in thickness. The edge of the tile wall is bevelled slightly on the inside and ranges in thickness from 2.2 cm at the back of the tile face to 1.8 cm at the base of the tile wall.
Clay: Very fine-grained and almost white in color. Few inclusions but many air pockets, some extremely large. The surface of the tile is pitted and bulged where air bubbles emerged during firing.
Glaze: Lead-based green in color where thinly applied; black where the glaze has pooled.
Decoration: None.
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 Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record.
[2] See note 1.
[3] See note 1. See also object file, Collections Management Office.
Freer Study Collection
Previous custodian or owner:
Abu Ridho (born 1927)
Dr. John Alexander Pope (1906-1982)
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Credit Line:
Gift of John A. Pope
Accession Number:
Restrictions & Rights:
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery