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Pillow in the form of a tortoise

Type
Pillow
Historical period(s)
Tran or Later Le dynasty, late 14th-15th century
Medium
Stoneware with iron pigment under translucent (underfired) glaze, iron oxide wash on base
Dimension(s)
H x W x D: 9.8 x 12.1 x 16.7 cm (3 7/8 x 4 3/4 x 6 9/16 in)
Geography
Vietnam, Hai Duong province, Red River Delta kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Dean Frasché
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1985.37a-b
Label
This pillow was excavated from the site of an abandoned Buddhist monastery in Bangkok.

1943
Excavated in Bangkok in 1943 [1]

To 1985
Dean Frasché, Greenwich, CT, to 1985 [2]

From 1985
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Dean Frasché in 1985

Notes:

[1] The object was found during the removal of the ruins of an ancient Buddhist wat on the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya River, some 700 meters south of the present Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand (see Curatorial Note 1, J.H. Knapp, 1986, in object record). According to the donor (his information having come from the Thai-Chinese gentleman from whom he acquired the piece), the abandoned wat where the object was found was demolished and the site excavated in the process of building an unloading dock; the name of the wat was not recorded (see Curatorial Note 2, L.A. Cort, 1986, in object record).

[2] See note 1.

Former owner
Dean Frasché
On View Location
Sackler: Vietnam's Ceramics
Classification(s)
Ceramic
Keyword(s)
Later Le dynasty (1428 - 1527), stoneware, tortoise, Tran dynasty (1225 - 1400), Vietnam
Collection(s) Area
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resource(s)
Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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