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

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Figure of a parrot

  • Stoneware with iron and opaque white glazes
  • 3.8 x 2.2 x 4.2 cm
  • Sawankhalok ware
  • 15th-16th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Provenance: Sukhothai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Gift of Dean Frasché
  • F1989.36


Small figure of a sitting parrot
Clay: light gray with black speckles
Glaze: mottled iron glaze, ochre to chocolate, over breast and sides, with mottled olive-green ash glaze down center of back and milky white glaze on beak, wings, and tail; base unglazed
Decoration: eyes applied as beads of clay; incised details on beak, wings, tail, and claws

Curatorial Remarks

1. (L.A. Cort, 13 June 1995) "Sukhothai province, Si Satchanalai" added to attribution.

2. (Louise Cort, 6 January 2007) Changed Date from 13th–15th century to 15th–16th century.

3. (Louise Cort, 3 November 2011) According to Pariwat Thammapreechakorn, this bird is called nok khaek tao in Thai; it belongs to the same species as the parrot. It is found in South China and mainland Southeast Asia.

4. (Najiba Choudhury, 10/28/2014) Transferred from the Provenance text field: "Purchased by the donor at a shop in Sukhothai, Thailand, in 1964."

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