Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
Collections in the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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  • Stoneware with celadon glaze
  • 2.1 x 7.8 x 7.8 cm
  • Kalong ware
  • 15th-16th century, Lan Na period
  • Origin: Thung Hua kilns, Lampang province, Northern Thailand
  • Provenance: Batavia, Java, Indonesia
  • Gift of Dean Frasché
  • F1989.12


Small shallow dish with plain rim on everted foot.
Clay: light gray, medium texture.
Glaze: translucent grayish-green glaze, coarsely crackled, covering inside and outside of dish and outside of foot; inside of foot unglazed. Surface of glaze abraded and worn on inside, especially near center.
Decoration: none.
Mark: single line incised across diameter of foot.

Curatorial Remarks

1.  (L.A. Cort, 13 June 1995) "Historical Region: Annam" added to attribution.

2.  (Dr. Jochen May, private collector, Germany, 13 October 1998) South Chinese?

3. (Louise Cort, 24 October 2011) According to Pariwat Thammapreechakorn, the Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum, Bangkok, has two or three hundred small dishes of identical size, shape, clay body and glaze, that were recovered from unauthorized digging at Kalong ware kiln sites. He believes they came from the Kalong kilns in Lampang province, Wang Nua district, Thung Hua subdistrict. These kilns are different from the kilns that produced Wang Nua celadon, which are located in a different subdistrict, Wang Tai subdistrict.

Changed Period from Later Le, Mac, or Restored Later Le dynasty to Lan Na period. Changed Origin from Vietnam to Thailand, Lampang province, Wang Nua district, Thung Hua subdistrict, Thung Hua kilns. Added Kalong ware.

4. (Louise Cort, 28 June 2012) Images sent by Pariwat of some of the excavated dishes in the Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum have been added to the records.

5. (Najiba Choudhury, 10/28/2014) Transferred from the Provenance text field: "Collected by the donor in Batavia in 1947."

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