Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
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Covered box

  • Stoneware with iron glaze and iron pigment under clear glaze
  • 3 x 4.1 x 4.1 cm
  • Sawankhalok ware
  • 16th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Provenance: Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Gift of Dean Frasché
  • F1989.44a-b

Description

Small round box with domed lid, mangosteen fruit stalk handle with four sepals, rounded base, flat bottom.
Clay: coarse, buff to orange, with black specks.
Glaze: clear, brittle glaze on outside of body and lid; caramel glaze on handle; matte brown glaze inside body; inside of lid, lower body, and base unglazed. Decomposition on body only; lid and body may not match.
Decoration: in iron pigment, under glaze. Two lines circling handle of lid; lower lid and upper body decorated with undulating line and circles; two lines below design, coinciding with lower edge of glaze.

Published References

1. Spinks, C. Nelson. 1976. "A Reassessment of the Annamese Wares." Journal of the Siam Society 64(1): pl. 5[top, far left].

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Kate Theimer, December 27, 1994) From description on folder sheet: Base and lid may not match.

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

3. (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 15th–16th 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.

4. (Najiba Choudhury, 10/28/2014) Transferred from the Provenance text field: "Collected by the donor at Sawankhalok kiln site, Thailand, in 1959."


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