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 clear glaze
  • 4 x 4.1 x 4.1 cm
  • Sawankhalok ware
  • 16th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Provenance: Sukhothai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Gift of Dean Frasché
  • F1989.38

Description

Small jar with tall straight neck, globular body, and flat base.
Clay: buff with brown and black speckles.
Glaze: milky, thin, ending unevenly below shoulder; interior and base unglazed.
Decoration: in underglaze iron; two lines below rim; two lines on shoulder and two lines below shoulder, framing panel of circles and undulating line.
Mark: none.
Condition: repair to body, with repainting of design.

Curatorial Remarks

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

Changed Date from 13th–15th 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. (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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