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An image of Plate by

Hanoi, Viet Nam

Other titles:
Plate decorated with classic scroll border
Place of origin
HanoiViet Nam
14th century
Media category
Materials used
stoneware decorated in iron black

5.5 cm x 32.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Anthony Odillo Maher 1998
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Wares decorated in underglaze iron black represent a large class of trade ceramics produced in numerous kilns around the Hanoi region from the 1300s to 1500s. Wide-mouthed bowls are the early dominant export type, as evidenced by the discovery of similar pieces in Sulawesi. The decoration on the plate typically comprises a running scroll around the rim and a single full petalled flower (perhaps a chrysanthemum) in the centre, all summarily drawn in underglaze iron black. Pieces such as these bear comparison with contemporary Thai ceramics and there must have been some kind of relationship between the two countries. The use of a brown wash on the unglazed base is a feature unique to Vietnamese ceramics.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.301.

Bibliography (2)

Roxanna M Brown and Adrian Joseph (Editors), South-East Asian and Chinese Trade Pottery, Hong Kong, 1979, 178-9 (illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 301 (colour illus.).