Covered box

  • Stoneware with iron pigment under translucent glaze
  • 18.8 x 13 x 13 cm
  • Sawankhalok ware
  • 16th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Ban Pa Yang kilns, Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Provenance: Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Gift of Dorothy M. Slak
  • F1986.45a-b

Description

Covered box with flattened lid and bud-shaped knob.
Clay: light gray stoneware with black flecks.
Glaze: translucent, bluish where thick; spill of extra glaze down one side of body; inside of lid, base and foot unglazed.
Decoration: incised concentric grooves around knob and base of body; painted in underglaze iron, radiating pointed forms on lid and vinescroll on body.
Mark: none.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (L.A. Cort, 13 June 1995) Added "Historical Region: Siam" and "Sukhothai province, Si Satchanalai" to attribution.

2. (Louise Cort, 20 May 2008) Based on her research on shipwrecks, Roxanna Brown dates iron-decorated boxes from the Si Satchanalai kilns to the sixteenth century (circa 1520–1570/84) and describes them as the most common shape of that period (Brown 2004).

Changed Date from 15th–16th century to 16th century.

Brown, Roxanna Maude. 2004. "The Ming Gap and Shipwreck Ceramics in Southeast Asia." Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles.

3. (Louise Cort, 29 May 2008) According to Dr. Don Hein, all Sawankhalok ware boxes come from kilns in Ban Pa Yang; none were made at Ban Ko Noi.

To Origin added Ban Pa Yang kiln group.

4. (Louise Cort, 29 May 2008) According to Dr. Don Hein, all Sawankhalok ware boxes come from kilns in Ban Pa Yang; none were made at Ban Ko Noi.

To Origin added Ban Pa Yang kiln group.

5. (Najiba Choudhury, 10/29/2014) Transferred from the Provenance text field: "Acquired by Ms. Slak in Jakarta, Indonesia, circa 1968."


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