Ewer in the form of a dolphin. Vietnamese, Trân-Lê dynasty, 14th–15th century. Stoneware with white wash, pale green and brown glaze, carved and painted decoration. Overall: 14.5 x 18.8 cm (5 11/16 x 7 3/8 in.). Gift of John D. Constable. 2007.397. © 2012 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Ewer in the shape of a carp that is undergoing transformation into a dragon, sometimes considered a dolphin, with carved scales and whiskers. A rounded spout protrudes from the mouth and an everted opening rises from its back. Fins form the ewer's feet.
Provenance: By 1996, purchased by Dr. John D. Constable, Hanoi, Vietnam; 2007, gift of Constable to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 27, 2007)
Catalogue raisonné: Philippe Truong, The Elephant and the Lotus: Vietnamese Ceramics in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2007 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Cat. 185