Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
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Covered box

  • Stoneware with iron and opaque white glazes
  • 7.7 x 10.1 x 10.1 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
  • F1986.46a-b

Description

Covered box with domed lid and bud-shaped knob.
Clay: light gray stoneware with black flecks.
Glaze: thin, transparent, crackled, somewhat degraded, greenish where thick on interior of body. Inside of lid, base and foot unglazed. Semicircular pontil scar on base.
Decoration: painted in underglaze iron: concentric circles surrounding knob; vinescroll with large fanciful leaves, dotted background filling edge of lid and wall of body, overlapping seam; three horizontal lines at lower edge of vinescroll design.
Mark: none.

Curatorial Remarks

1.  (L.A. Cort, 13 June 1995) Added "Historical Region: Siam" and "Sukhothai, 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). She illustrates a box with similar decoration recovered from the Singtai shipwreck, which she dates circa 1512–1540.

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


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