Asian Art

Jar with Scrolling Lotus

11th–12th century

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

9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)
Gift of Steven M. Kossak, B.A. 1972
2021.37.1

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.

Geography: 
Vietnam
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Vietnamese
Period: 
Ly dynasty (980–1009)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

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

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.