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Bowl with stylised floral decoration and calligraphic design on outer rim

14th century-15th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    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

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  • About

    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications