• Stoneware with white and iron glazes
  • 3.1 x 3.7 x 3.7 cm
  • Sawankhalok ware
  • early 16th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Ban Pa Yang kilns, Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Provenance: Sukhothai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Gift of Dean Frasché
  • F1989.39


Small jar with short, upright neck, ridge below neck, high shoulder, rounded body, and carved foot.
Clay: buff, fine-grained, with some black speckles.
Glaze: very thin, milky glaze over body. Caramel brown glaze on neck and used to apply dots over entire body. Base and interior unglazed.
Decoration: dots of caramel-brown glaze over body.
Mark: none.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (L.A. Cort, 1991) Similar pieces are excavated from the Ban Pa Yang kiln sites within the Sawankhalok complex.  See Harper 1986, no. 59. Attribution is changed to include "Sawankhalok ware, Pa Yang kiln group."

Harper, Rosemary. 1986. A study of painted under glaze decorated sherds Sisatchanalai Thailand, Research Centre for Southeast Asian Ceramics Papers, 2. Adelaide: Art Gallery of South Adelaide, University of Adelaide.

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

3. (Louise Cort, 17 February 2008) Roxanna Brown documents this type of small jar with brown glaze-dots on an unglazed surface with shipwrecks dated to circa 1500–1520 (Brown 2004, 74).

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.

Changed Date from 13th–15th century to Early 16th century.

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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