Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
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Bottle (neck and mouth rim missing)

  • Stoneware with wood-ash glaze
  • 2 cm
  • 1075-1250, Angkor period
  • Origin: Cambodia or Northeast Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge
  • S1996.140a-b

Description

Lid that came with bottle does not belong.

Published References

1. Lawton, Thomas, and Thomas W. Lentz. 1988. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 208–211.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Victor Hauge, November 1996) Miniature bottle with flattened shoulder and conical cap.

2. (Louise Cort, 7 June 1999) This bottle is missing its neck and mouth rim, which was probably a trumpet-shaped mouth.

3. (Louise Cort, 18 August 2006) The iron inclusions in the clay body and the transparent, ivory-toned, crackled glaze both suggest that this bottle could be a product of one of the kilns recently discovered in the Angkor area, including Tani, Anlong Thom, and Sar Sey. However, the base of this bottle is strong-cut, and I believe the typical base of small bottles from the Angkor-area kiln is flat (see S1996.152 or S1996.165).

Changed Origin from Thailand, Buriram province to Cambodia, Siem Reap province, or Thailand, Buriram province.

4. (Louise Cort, 16 January 2017) Changed Date from 11th-13th century to 1075-1250, following Desbat's revised chronology based on excavations in the Angkor area over the past two decades (Desbat 2011, 26). Evidence for green-glazed Buriram-type bowls (distinguished by the formation of the base) at Angkor-area sites begins in the late 12th century but may date to the beginning of the 12th century, coinciding with the end of production of green-glazed "Kulen" wares in the Angkor area (Desbat 2011, 15-16).

Armand Desbat. 2011. Pour une revision de la chronologie des gres khmers. Aseanie 27 (juin), 11-34.


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