Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
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Covered box

  • Stoneware with iron and opaque white glazes
  • 7.7 x 9.8 x 9.8 cm
  • Sawankhalok ware
  • late 15th-16th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Ban Pa Yang kilns, Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Provenance: Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Gift of Dorothy M. Slak
  • F1986.47a-b

Description

Covered box with flattened lid and bud-shaped knob.
Clay: light gray stoneware with black flecks.
Glaze: thin, transparent; milky blue where thick on lid; grayish on inside of body
Decoration: incised and painted in underglaze iron; nine radiating petals surrounding knob on lid; chevron band at edge of lid; vinescroll in reserve on body.
Mark: none.

Curatorial Remarks

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

2.  (Louise Cort, 2 August 2005) In conversation at the Asian Ceramics Conference at the Field Museum, Chicago, in October 1998, Don Hein remarked that all the incised boxes with "brown and pearl" glazes come from the Pa Yang kilns within the Si Satchanalai kiln group. He saw the Pa Yang kilns arising with the boom in export and collapsing with the collapse of the export market.

3.  (Louise Cort, 14 January 2007) Don Hein associated white-glazed wares in a generally Ming Chinese style with the wares made at Si Satchanalai that he terms LASW (Late Stoneware) (Hein 2001, figs. 43–44). Although Hein is cautious about dating, he suggests that LASW dates to 15th–16th century (Hein 1999, 150).

Changed Date from 14th–mid 16th century to 15th–16th century.

Hein, Don. 2001. "The Sawankhalok Ceramic Industry: from Domestic Enterprise to Regional Entrepreneur." PhD Thesis, Department of Science and Technology, Deakin University, Melbourne.

Hein, Don. 1999. "The First Underglaze Painted Decoration at Sawankhalok: identification of a key influence? (Diqu shouci chuxian de youxia caihui: Taiguo taoci tazhan shi shang wailai yingxiang de zhongyao xiansuo?)." Guoli Taiwan daxue Meishushi yanjiu jikan (The Taida Journal of Art History) 7: 137–158.

4.  (Louise Cort, 17 February 2008) From shipwreck evidence, Roxanna Brown finds that opaque white glaze appears on objects recovered from wrecks that she dates to the early 16th century, circa 1500–1520. They appear at the same time as the so-called brown and white wares, decorated with iron brown and opaque white glazes (Brown 2004, 74).

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

5.  (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.

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


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