An image of Bowl with stylised floral decoration and calligraphic design on outer rim

Unknown Artist

Bowl with stylised floral decoration and calligraphic design on outer rim

Other titles:
Bowl with stylised floral decoration
Location
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 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.

Place of origin
Hanoi, Viet Nam
Year
14th century-15th century
Media
Ceramic
Medium
stoneware with underglaze iron black decoration, chocolate brown wash on base
Dimensions
8.1 x 16.5 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Dr John Yu & Dr George Soutter 2002
Accession number
165.2002