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

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Bottle (pastiche), with unrelated lid

  • Stoneware with wood-ash and iron glazes
  • 17.1 x 11 x 11 cm
  • 1177-1430, Angkor period
  • Origin: Cambodia or Northeast Thailand
  • Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S1996.184a-b

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) Two-color bottle, the ovoid body brown-glazed, the neck, mouth and cap light-glazed.

2. (Louise Cort, 28 December 2004) This appears to be a pastiche of a brown-glazed body and a green-glazed neck, with lid added in any case. Changed Medium from Earthenware to Stoneware with iron and ash glazes.

3. (Louise Cort, 28 December 2004) A green-glazed bottle of this "ostrich-egg" form, without a neck (or with neck broken, h. 9.2 cm), in the Sinclair collection and said to have been purchased in Phnom Penh, was published in Willetts 1971, no. 18. Willetts identified it as 10th century, Kulen type.

Willetts, William. 1971. Ceramic Art of Southeast Asia. Singapore: Southeast Asian Ceramic Society.

4. (Louise Cort, 16 January 2017) Changed Date from 11th-13th century to 1177-1430, following Desbat's revised chronology based on excavations in the Angkor area over the past two decades (Desbat 2011, 26). Evidence for vessels with matte brown or black 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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