Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
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Figure of a nesting hen

  • Stoneware with iron glaze
  • 5.8 x 4.6 x 5.4 cm
  • Sawankhalok ware
  • 15th-16th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Ban Pa Yang kilns, Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, North-central Thailand
  • Provenance: Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Gift of Dean Frasché
  • F1989.51

Description

Figure of nesting hen.
Clay: light gray stoneware.
Glaze: mottled caramel brown, covering upper portion of figure; lower portion and base unglazed.
Decoration: eyes applied as clay pellets; wings applied and incised with details; two applied chicks (?) on back; incised detail on tail.
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, 10 August 2004) During a visit of Washington Oriental Ceramic Group members to Freer storage on 17 April 1998, Jack Lydman commented that votive images of this sort used to be recovered from the Macassar River in Ujung Pandang (Macassar). The river was dredged twice a year by the local merchants ("toucans") in search of goods to sell. The images had been thrown into the river as offerings.

3. (R. Anderson per J. Smith, Oct, 12, 2010) Transfer of remark from Provenance Field: "Collected by the donor at Sawankhalok, Thailand, in 1957."


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