An image of Plate

Unknown Artist


Other titles:
Plate decorated with classic scroll border
Not on display
Further information

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 plate 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.

Place of origin
Hanoi, Viet Nam
14th century
stoneware decorated in iron black
5.5 cm x 32.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Gift of Anthony Odillo Maher 1998
Accession number