Jar (pastiche)

  • Stoneware with iron glaze
  • 15 x 11 cm
  • 1177-1430, Angkor period
  • Origin: Cambodia or Northeast Thailand
  • Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S1996.185

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 round body and cylindrical neck with flat tapered top. A pastiche, possibly ancient, of Khmer pottery parts.

2. (Louise Cort, 7 June 1999) The "neck" of this pastiche bottle was composed of a typical Khmer vessel sometimes identified as a "perfume box."  An intact example—with an unglazed flat, cord-cut foot below the glazed flange with which this fragment ends—was excavated by B. P. Groslier from the Sras Srang burial site at Angkor and is dated Jayavarman VI period (1080–1107), h 6.5 cm  (Brown 1988 pl. XXI-c).  A green-glazed example also found at Sras Srang is shown in ibid., pl. 26-b and a brown-glazed one "from Northeast Thailand" in ibid., pl. 31-a.  In the caption for the latter, the perfume is described as bee's wax mixed with crushed flower petals.
    
Another brown-glazed piece with base intact is included in the "waster," S1996.123.

Brown, Roxanna M. 1988. The Ceramics of South-East Asia: Their Dating and Identification. 2nd ed. Singapore: Oxford University Press.

3. (Louise Cort, 24 June 1999) The "body" of this pastiche, with its broad foot and simple decor around the shoulder, may be related in date to a group of iron-glazed jars dated by B. P. Groslier to the "late Bayon period," which must mean 13th century if not later (Brown 1988, pl. XXVI, b [in Brown 1977 (pl. M, 3) called late 12th–early 13th century; here called perhaps late 12th century] and pls. 32a–d).

Brown, Roxanna M. 1988. The Ceramics of South-East Asia: Their Dating and Identification. 2nd ed. Singapore: Oxford University Press.

Brown, Roxanna M. 1977. The Ceramics of South-East Asia: their dating and identification. 1st ed. Singapore: Oxford University Press.

4. (Louise Cort, 28 December 2004) Medium changed from Glazed stoneware to Stoneware with iron glazes.

5. (Louise Cort, 16 January 2017) Changed Date from 11th-12th 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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