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Vessel with round bottom, incised decor, and overall cord-wrapped paddle-impressed texture

  • Earthenware with traces of white slip and red pigment, perhaps unintentionally blackened during firing
  • 15 x 17.5 cm
  • Ban Chiang culture
  • 3600-1000 BCE, Ban Chiang culture, early period, phase 4–5
  • Origin: Northeast Thailand
  • Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2004.13

Description

Globular earthenware vessel with everted rim. Texture impressed on body in diagonal pattern, using cord-wrapped paddle. Horizontal incised design on neck filed with white slip and red pigment.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Ellen Chase, Louise Cort, and Blythe McCarthy, 5 May 2003) This vessel is OK. The clay is quite brown. Check whether the pigment was lost in too-heavy reduction or was cleaned off recently. Check the quality of the incised lines in comparison to the questionable incised decoration on two Gupta pieces (S2004.37 and 40).

2. (Joyce White, 8 December 2003) Typical Ban Chiang Early Period, phase 4-5 (more likely 5).

3. (Judy Voelker, December 2003) Compare the Gupta pot with the same decor, on a more common shape. She has something like this from Ban Non Wat (late third–early second millennium site near Phimai, discovered in 2002 and excavated by Charles Higham). Based on designs from her region, this is a Neolithic piece. Similar banding on cream is also found at Ban Chiang.

4. (Louise Cort, 18 August 2004) Title changed from "Vessel" to "Cord-marked pot with round bottom and short everted rim." This could easily be a cooking pot, judging from comparison with contemporary earthenware shapes produced by women potters in Northeast Thailand.


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