Jar with Scrolling Lotus Maker: Unknown

11th–12th century

Asian Art

On view, 2nd floor, Asian Art

The shape of this jar, particularly its straight sides and slightly rounded cover, echoes a type of bronze jar or bucket made during the Bronze Age in Vietnam as well as in related cultures in southern China. The technique used to render the lively lotus scroll that fills the surface of the jar is an innovation found in the vibrant Vietnamese industry in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The jar was shaped and covered with a glaze before the design was carved into the surface, inlaid with iron-brown pigment, and fired.


Stoneware with carved decoration and iron-brown pigment under clear glaze\r\n\r\n


9 3/4 × 7 3/8 in. (24.8 × 18.7 cm)
H without lid: 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Diam. at mouth: 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
Lid diam.: 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm)

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Gift of Steven M. Kossak, B.A. 1972

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Ly dynasty (980–1009)


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Private Collection, Japan; sold to Ikeda Koubitjutsu (dealer), Tokyo; sold to Zetterquist Galleries, New York, February 26, 2020 (Bunkacho license no. 92738); sold to Steven M. Kossak, New York, February 2021; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2021
  • "Selected Acquisitions," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2022–23), 120, ill
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