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Shallow dish with incised floral medallions and molded lotus petals

Accession Number
1991/1.98

Title
Shallow dish with incised floral medallions and molded lotus petals

Artist(s)
Annam; Kiln Unknown, Vietnam

Object Creation Date
16th century

Medium & Support
stoneware, unglazed

Dimensions
13/16 in. x 4 1/8 in. x 4 1/8 in. ( 2 cm x 10.4 cm x 10.4 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Helmut Stern

Subject matter
The lotus petals that adorn the rim of this broad, flat plate are symbolic in Buddhism of purity, suggesting that the plate may have been used in Buddhist rituals. The dominant religion in Vietnam for much of its history has been Theravada Buddhism.

Physical Description
A nearly flat, large, shallow stoneware dish, the interior with a delicately incised floral scroll pattern, and the upturmed rim adorned with robustly modelled lotus petals, all on a broad and secure foot.

Primary Object Classification
Ceramic

Primary Object Type
dish

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
dishes

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