Asian Art

Dish with a Bird

late 15th–early 16th century

Stoneware with white slip and cobalt blue under clear glaze

2 1/8 x 9 1/2 in. (5.4 x 24.1 cm)
Gift of Mary and Cheney Cowles, B.A. 1966
2001.137.6
The image in the center of this dish depicts a bird resting on a flowering branch, an example of the appropriation of Chinese themes for Vietnamese ceramics. The sketchy rendering of this motif, and of the floral scroll in the border, however, typifies the imaginativeness of Vietnamese potters. Governmental prohibitions on the import of Chinese ceramics and the resulting opportunities to expand trade spurred the development of the Vietnamese ceramic industry in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Unlike Chinese works, this dish is made of stoneware covered with a white slip, which mimics the appearance of porcelain.
Culture: 
Vietnamese
Period: 
Lê Dynasty (1428–1788)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramic
Geography: 
Vietnam
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Hoi An shipwreck; Butterfields number 12309

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