Dish with lion amid clouds
Vietnam, Hai Duong region
Stoneware, the blue painted before glazing, with enamelled and gilded decoration over the glaze
Museum no. FE.10-1987
Vietnamese stonewares reached a high point in 1450-1500. Some were produced in an indigenous style for local use. Others, such as this dish, followed Chinese models and were made for export.
Many similar pieces have been excavated in Java and Thailand or recovered from shipwrecks in south-east Asian waters.