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

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Jar

  • Stoneware with iron pigment under translucent glaze
  • 2.9 x 3.9 x 3.9 cm
  • Sawankhalok ware
  • 16th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Provenance: Sukhothai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Gift of Dean Frasché
  • F1989.37

Description

Small jar with short, straight neck, globular body, and inset base
CLAY: light gray with black speckles
GLAZE: clear, thin, lustrous, reaching below shoulder; interior unglazed
DECORATION: in underglaze iron; three rings around neck and shoulder; small dots over body with four largedots evenly spaced around body; two rings below shoulder coinciding with edge of glaze
MARK: none

Curatorial Remarks

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

2. (Louise Cort, 17 February 2008) Small jars of this size, shape, and decoration were recovered from the Ko Kradat shipwreck (Green et al. 1981, 13). The wreck is dated to circa 1540–1572 (Brown 2004).

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 13th–15th century to 16th century.

Green, Jeremy, Rosemary Harper, and S. Prishanchittara. 1981. The Excavation of the Ko Kradat Wreck site Thailand 1979–1980. Perth: Department of Maritime Archaeology, Western Australia Museum.

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. (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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