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

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Jar

  • Stoneware with immature green glaze
  • 28.5 x 22.4 cm
  • Ban Kruat ware
  • 1075-1250, Angkor period
  • Origin: Ban Kruat kilns, Buriram province, Northeast Thailand
  • Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S1996.158

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) Vase from Ban Kruat kiln site, the body expanding to a wide flat shoulder with cross hatching. Damaged neck. Unglazed, with a light wash brushed over the red clay body.

2. (Louise Cort, 25 June 1999) The form of the flattened, everted foot and the prominence of the band of criss-cross decor and absence of combing resembles features of vessels that Bernard Groslier dated to the mid-11th century (Groslier 1981, 24 and figs. 12–13). He commented that jars from the first half of the 11th century bore glaze that seemed to be "applied with a fiber pad" (ibid., 23).

Groslier, Bernard Philippe. 1981. "Introduction to the Ceramic Wares of Angkor". Pp. 9–39 in Khmer Ceramics 9th–14th Century, edited by Diana Stock. Singapore: Oriental Ceramics Society.

3. (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.

4. (Louise Cort, 22 January 2017) The narrow, tapering body appears to be based upon a qingbai bottle shape.


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