Water dropper in the form of a blowfish

citation

Small molded vessel in shape of blowfish, with rimless mouth and flat base.
Clay: pale gray, fine-grained.
Glaze: opaque, ivory-toned, finely abraded over surface except where protected by angles of the molded tail. Base and interior unglazed.
Decoration: in underglaze blue; details of fish features, including stippling over blue wash on back.
Mark: none.
Condition: tip of tail broken and repaired.

Historical period(s)
Later Le, Mac, or Restored Later Le dynasty, 16th century
Medium
Stoneware with cobalt pigment under clear, colorless glaze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 3.3 x 3 x 5.9 cm (1 5/16 x 1 3/16 x 2 5/16 in)
Geography
Vietnam, Hai Duong province, Red River Delta kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Dean Frasché
Accession Number
F1989.29
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Water dropper

Keywords
blowfish, fish, Later Le dynasty (1428 - 1527), Mac dynasty (1527 - 1592), Restored Later Le dynasty (1533 - 1782), stoneware, Vietnam, water, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From 1958 to 1989
Dean Frasché, Greenwich, CT, acquired in Jakarta in 1958 [1]

From 1989
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Dean Frasché in 1989

Notes:

[1] According to Curatorial Note 4 in object record.

Previous Owner(s)

Dean Frasché 1906 - 1994

Description

Small molded vessel in shape of blowfish, with rimless mouth and flat base.
Clay: pale gray, fine-grained.
Glaze: opaque, ivory-toned, finely abraded over surface except where protected by angles of the molded tail. Base and interior unglazed.
Decoration: in underglaze blue; details of fish features, including stippling over blue wash on back.
Mark: none.
Condition: tip of tail broken and repaired.

Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum