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Large dish with crane, pine and bamboo medallion

15th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Large dish with a central medallion depicting a crane with pine and bamboo
    Place where the work was made
    Hanoi Viet Nam
    Le dynasty circa 1420 - 1787 → 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

    Reproduction requests

  • About

    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications