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Large dish with crane, pine and bamboo medallion

15th century


Unknown Artist


The ceramic traditions of Vietnam, which date back to the first century AD, were strongly influenced by those of its omnipresent northern neighbour, China. The so-called 'golden age' of Vietnam - the Ly and Tran dynasties - commenced with Vietnam's independence from China. During a subsequent and short-lived Chinese incursion in the fifteenth century, the great innovation of blue and white porcelain came to Vietnam with migrant potters from the north. Characteristic of the Vietnamese style is the unglazed rim, suggesting that it was fired upside down, and the speckled grey-blue colour of the painted design. The design - a crane amid bamboo and pine (traditional symbols of longevity), with scrolling floral motifs - also echoes the Chinese style.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 299.


Other Title

Large dish with a central medallion depicting a crane with pine and bamboo

Place where the work was made

Hanoi Viet Nam


15th century

Media category


Materials used

porcelain with underglaze blue decoration


8.0 x 38.0 cm

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased 1991


Not on display

Accession number



Where the work was made

Referenced in 6 publications


Amber Daines, Look, 'Trade Ceramics', pg. 20-21, Sydney, Jun 2004, 20 (colour illus.), 21.

Terry Ingram., Arts of Asia, 'Christie's Melbourne: The Brake-Lau-Eckermann Southeast Asian Collection in September', Nov 1990-Dec 1990, 151 (illus.).

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: South-East Asia', pg. 298-301, Sydney, 1999, 299 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, AGNSW Collections, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 184 (colour illus.).

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

Christie's Melbourne: "The Brake-lau-Eckermann Collection of South East Asian Ceramics, Textiles and Works of Art", Melbourne, Sep 1990, 15 (illus.).