Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
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Bottle (neck missing) with unrelated lid

  • Stoneware with wood-ash and iron glazes
  • 7.5 cm
  • 1177-1430, Angkor period
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge
  • S1996.119a-b

Description

Jar with two-color glaze (neck missing) and unrelated lid. Wheel-thrown from coil added to flat disk, as single continuous vessel. Flat base, wrinkled texture, slightly concave center; during firing base fractured into circular crack in center of base, four straight cracks radiating out to edge of base; light visible through hole when looking down through vessel. Ovoid vessel with widest diameter at high shoulder. Original shape of neck unknown.

(1) Vessel

Clay: stoneware, sandy, light gray clay, seemingly laminated with pale gray clay that serves as ground for ash glaze on neck (edge of lamination visible inside opening).

Decoration:
On base, trimmed rounded edge near bottom, diminishing steps on tapering wall, V-shaled bevel forming visual base of vessel proper (although interior is continuous). Incised double line on shoulder just above widest diameter. At base of (broken) neck, band of scalloped combing (made with four-toothed comb), small-scale, neat, pointing downward.

Glaze: On vessel, iron glaze, thin, opaque, lusterless blackish brown, running down to edge of base but wiped off along part of pedestal foot. On neck, ash glaze, translucent, lustrous, crackled pale green, edge touching tops of scalloped combing on one side, suggesting that vessel was dipped upside down into vat of ash glaze, but was not held exactly perpendicular. Almost no overlap of two glazes.

(2) Lid

Wheel-thrown off the hump (small round scar in center of base where finished form was cut off), with flat base, everted edge with upward flange enclosing flat, sunken top, from center of which rises narrow post supporting conical knob.

Stoneware, brownish gray where exposed, medium gray where visible in chips or beneath flaking glaze.

Bands of incised and stamped decoration on knob.

Iron glaze, medium brown and translucent where thin, darker where thick, on upper surface, irregularly overlapping everted edge.


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