Jar with incised decoration

  • Stoneware with iron glaze
  • 3.1 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm
  • Sawankhalok ware
  • 16th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Provenance: Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Gift of Dean Frasché
  • F1989.50


Small jar with short neck, ridge at base of neck, cylindrical body, and carved foot.
Clay: light gray with black speckles.
Glaze: mottled caramel brown, reaching down to near foot; interior and base unglazed.
Decoration: incised ridge at base of neck.
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 and small jars from the Si Satchanalai kilns to the sixteenth century (circa 1520–1570/84) (Brown 2004). Based on the resemblance of the shape of this monochrome brown-glazed jar to painted jarlets, it is also assumed to date to the 16th century.

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. (Louise Cort, 2 June 2008) According to Don Hein, in Washington to deliver the Pope Memorial Lecture, this jar is Sawankhalok ware and dates to the LASW (Late Stoneware, Early 15th–16th century) phase of production.

4. (Najiba Choudhury, 10/28/2014) Transferred from the Provenance text field: "Collected by the donor at Sawankhalok, Thailand, in 1957."

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