Stoneware painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze
H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm); Diam. 17 1/2 in. (44.5 cm)
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1989
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
The origins of blue-and-white ware in Vietnam remain obscure; however, the addition of this type of ceramic to the repertory is often linked to the brief Chinese occupation of the early fifteenth century. The design of peonies in the center of this dish, and the way in which the peonies are painted, reflect an awareness of earlier Chinese traditions. Vietnamese potters, who continued fourteenth-century Chinese styles well into the sixteenth century, often competed for markets, particularly those in Southeast Asia, with the kilns at Jingdezhen.
Signature: There is an inscription of "Nôt but" (painted by Nôt) in the upper left hand side of the main decoration—indicating that the name of the painter rather than the potter is Nôt.