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Dish with design of two waterbirds

15th century


Unknown Artist


Vietnamese ceramics from the late 13th through to the mid-17th century display a close affinity to Chinese wares both in the repertoire of shapes, and in the designs. Yet they are refreshing variations rather than slavish provincial copies. It is particularly in the designs of the large underglazed blue decorated dishes that the Vietnamese demonstrate their unique response to the world. This large dish with its rare and unusual design typifies the originality brought to bear by the Vietnamese painter, while also displaying a predifiction for naturalism rarely encountered in the more formalised Chinese designs.


Place where the work was made

Hanoi Viet Nam


15th century

Media category


Materials used

stoneware with underglaze blue decoration


7.2 x 34.0 cm

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Asian Collection Benefactors' Fund 2003


Not on display

Accession number



Where the work was made

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history

Referenced in 5 publications


Peter Fish, The Austalian, "Collectors' Corner: Primitive Asian ceramics attract greater interest", Sydney, 08 Nov 1980, illus..

John Guy, Oriental trade ceramics in southeast Asia, 10th to 16th century: selected from Australian collections, including the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Bodor Collection, Melbourne, 1980, cover (colour illus.), 71. 103

John Guy, Oriental trade ceramics in South-East Asia: Ninth to sixteenth centuries, Singapore, 1986, 114, 115 (colour illus.). no. 120

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 303 (colour illus.).

John Stevenson and John Guy, Vietnamese Ceramics: a separate tradition, United States of America, 1997, 325 (colour illus.). plate no. 267