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

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  • Stoneware with celadon glaze
  • 1.2 x 3.7 x 3.7 cm
  • Sawankhalok ware
  • late 15th-mid 16th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Provenance: Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Gift of Dean Frasché
  • F1989.47


Minature saucer on tall foot.
Clay: coarse, buff with orange flush, black speckles.
Glaze: translucent gray-green covering upper surface, part of lower surface; rest of body and foot unglazed.
Decoration: none.
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 describes celadon with a gray-green glaze and minimal decoration as "post-classic" celadon and dates it to circa 1488–1540 (Brown 2004).

Changed Date from 15th–16th century to Late 15th–Mid 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. (Louise Cort, 2 June 2008) According to Don Hein, in Washington to deliver the Pope Memorial Lecture, this dish is Sawankhalok ware. Lots of these were found in a pond in Sukhothai and today are used in spirit houses.

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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