Vietnamese 15th Century Blue & White Octagonal Jar
This “eight-sided” (the edge to each “side” is quite rounded) blue & white jar was made during the 15th century. It is "heavily-potted" and decorated in underglaze blue with alternating geometric and floral patterns around the body and an attractive lotus leaf pattern around the shoulder. The glaze is very finely crackled. The flat base remains unglazed. Height 8.5 cm. It is in very good condition with very minor surface wear and no repair or restoration.
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).
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