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

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Covered box

  • Stoneware with iron pigment under clear glaze
  • 2.7 x 3.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Sawankhalok ware
  • 16th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Provenance: Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Gift of Dean Frasché
  • F1989.46a-b

Description

Small round box with domed lid, mangosteen fruit stalk handle with four sepals, rounded base, flat bottom.
Clay: coarse, light brown with black speckles.
Glaze: clear, shiny on outside of lid and upper body; caramel glaze over handle; brown glaze inside body; inside of lid, lower body, and base unglazed.
Decoration: in underglaze iron.
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, 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.

3. (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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