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

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  • Stoneware with iron pigment under clear glaze
  • 3.9 x 4 x 4 cm
  • Sawankhalok ware
  • 16th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Provenance: Sukhothai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Gift of Dean Frasché
  • F1989.40


Small jar with tall straight neck, spherical body, and small concave base.
Clay: light gray with black speckles, burnt brown in some areas.
Glaze: clear, lustrous, stopping above lower curve of the body; interior and base unglazed.
Decoration: in underglaze iron; single line around neck; double line on shoulder and triple line at mid-body, framing petal band.
Mark: none.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (L.A. Cort, 1 August 1995) "Sukhothai province, Si Satchanalai" added to attribution and date changed from "13th–15th century" to "15th–16th century."

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 15th–16th 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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