Vietnamese 15th Century Blue & White Parrot & Peach Bowl
This unusual object comprises a joined shallow bowl and a parrot, the bowl in the form of a peach, the edge of which is held in the beak of a parrot. It was made during the mid 15th century. Its function was possibly that of a container for cosmetics. The detail and feathers of the parrot are outlined in underglaze blue. It is coated in a finely-crackled glaze. Maximum diameter 9.25 cm (3.5 inches). There is a chip to the very end of the parrot's tail, and what appears to be a firing fault (?) where a small section below the inner rim has "lifted" slightly; otherwise good condition.
Items such as this were, and still are, much revered amongst devotees of the tea ceremony. Many similar items are described and illustrated in the fine Oxford University Press book: "Vietnamese and Chinese Ceramics Used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony" by Hiromu Honda and Noriki Shimazu (ISBN 0195886070).
This particular item for sale is from a private collection of fine quality Vietnamese 15th century blue & white ceramics we acquired last year.
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