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A7285 Dish (dia bang da), lotus pond design, Annamese, stoneware, maker unknown, Vietnam, 1400-1450. Click to enlarge.

Annamese dish with floral design

This large, beautifully painted dish is a fine example of the output of Vietnamese potters who produced large quantities of trade ceramics for export to Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines from the 1300s to 1500s. The range of shapes, techniques and designs were adapted form Chinese blue and white ceramic forms, although the form and decoration of this large round dish have a distinctively Vietnamese fluidity.

Vietnamese ceramics are made from local clays and are technically very fine. …


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Object Statement

Dish (dia bang da), lotus pond design, Annamese, stoneware, maker unknown, Vietnam, 1400-1450

Physical Description

A large circular grey-buff bodied stoneware dish with a ring foot with a narrow resting surface, gently curving sides, a slightly raised rim and a vertical lip, the cavetto with an uneven surface. The interior face of the foot and the flat undersurface painted with brown oxide (chocolate slip). The outer body and interior with a thick crackled blueish glaze. The interior painted in cobalt blue underglaze with four double and single concentric bands, from the centre to the rim. The central area is decorated with a stylised lotus design, then the bands of cloud squiggles, a plain band, a wide band of stylised leaves and blossoms and a scrolled band. The exterior is painted with a band of false gadroons (lotus panels), each with a leaf form pattern. The is underglazed and there are wheel marks visible on the undersurface, with splashes of glaze and a fragment of clay fired to the base.


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71 mm




This large dish was made in north Vietnam in the first half of the 1400s. In the centre is the lotus pond design surrounded by cloud scrolls and flaming pearls, which is often found in Chinese blue and white ceramics of the 1300s. Vietnamese potters had achieved comparable mastery of underglaze cobalt blue techniques by the mid 1400s.

Vietnamese ceramics are also known as Annamese, from 'Annam' the Chinese name for Vietnam. Dishes like this were produced for the export market.



The early history of this large Annamese dish is unknown. It was purchased for the Museum collection in 1978.


Credit Line

Purchased 1978

Acquisition Date

30 November 1978

Cite this Object


Annamese dish with floral design 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 June 2021, <https://ma.as/188944>


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