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

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Jar body and attached upper body of flat bottle (pastiche)

  • Stoneware with iron glaze
  • 27.7 x 21 cm
  • 1075-1430, Angkor period
  • Origin: Cambodia or Northeast Thailand
  • Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S1996.161

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) Brown-glazed jar with nine belts of combed wavy lines covering entire body and saucer-shaped "cover" annealed to body.

2. (Victor Hauge, letter to Louise Cort, 18 November 1996) We have wondered whether item 55 might be a concoction, with the cut top of a flat or globular bottle fused to the cut bottom of a jar or bottle jar; there seem glaze and color differences in the two parts.

In some of these old concoctions (as on #55) I have encountered a black adhesive or connective substance strong and hard as rock. Insoluble too. Some kind of resin? Baked on?  Reminds me of the dark brown stuff on a repaired Shigaraki basin we have. What is it?

3. (Louise Cort, 7 June 1999) This vessel is a pastiche consisting of the nearly complete body of a jar whose shoulder and neck have been cut off and replaced by the shoulder of a flattened bottle (like S1996.132). The original neck may have been akin to that of S1996.157.

4. (Louise Cort, 16 October 2007) To Title added (pastiche).

5. (Louise Cort, 16 January 2017) Changed Date from 11th-12th century to 1075-1430, following Desbat's revised chronology based on excavations in the Angkor area over the past two decades (Desbat 2011, 26). Evidence for vessels with "chestnut brown" (marron) glaze centers on that time span.

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

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