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Bowl with stylised floral decoration and calligraphic design on outer rim

14th century-15th century


Unknown Artist


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 bowl 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.


Other Title

Bowl with stylised floral decoration

Place where the work was made

Hanoi Viet Nam


14th century-15th century

Media category


Materials used

stoneware with underglaze iron black decoration, chocolate brown wash on base


8.1 x 16.5 cm

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Gift of Dr John Yu & Dr George Soutter 2002


Not on display

Accession number



Where the work was made

Referenced in 3 publications


John Guy, Oriental trade ceramics in South-East Asia: Ninth to sixteenth centuries, 'Vietnamese ceramics', pg. 104-122, Singapore, 1986, 111. Related work - 106 illustrated on page 111 is from the National Gallery of Victoria.

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

Kerry Nguyẽ̂n-Long, Gó̂m hoa lam Việt Nam = Vietnamese blue & white ceramics, Hanoi, 2001, 253. Related work cat no 22, Collection of Nguyen Van Cu, Hanoi.