Vietnamese / Dish / 15th-16th centuryVietnamese
15th-16th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Southeast Asian; Vietnamese
Creator Name-CRT: Vietnamese
Title: Dish
Title Type: Object name
View: Alternate View
Creation Start Date: 1400
Creation End Date: 1599
Creation Date: 15th-16th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramics
Materials and Techniques: Stoneware with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Dimensions: Diam. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1998.213
Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1998

This exceptional dish, with its depiction of a kneeling elephant surrounded by abstract cloud formations, must be included among the dozen or two finest known early Vietnamese blue-and-white porcelain dishes and is therefore a major addition to the Museum's small but choice collection of these wares. The refined and sophisticated drawing of the charming and delightful elephant and the excellent control of the underglaze cobalt blue sets it apart from most of the known corpus of important fifteenth- and sixteenth-century porcelains. The technique of manufacture, shape of the dish, and general composition of design are clearly based on early Ming dynasty (1368-1644) blue-and-white prototypes, but the whimsical elephant and the particulars of the subsidiary design are uniquely the product of Vietnamese artistic sensibilities. The salty taste of the surface of the dish suggests it was recovered from a shipwreck.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1998.213
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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