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

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Vessel with round bottom

  • Earthenware with red pigment
  • 21 x 19 cm
  • Ban Chiang culture
  • circa 300 BCE, Ban Chiang culture, middle period to late period
  • Origin: Northeast Thailand
  • Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2004.16


Earthenware vessel with buff globular base and flared red-painted rim.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 2 October 2001) The body is plain and the rim is red-slipped. Compare S2004.21.

2. (Ellen Chase, Louise Cort, and Blythe McCarthy, 6 May 2003) The projecting neck edge is also found on S2004.19 and 21 (also 20); all these pots seem to belong to the same technological family. The body was thinly paddled, while the rim is a thick addition.

3. (Joyce White, Ban Chiang Project, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, 8 December 2003) There are no excavated versions of this vessel type, but she has seen others still interred among the skeletons in the open pits at the Wat Po site in Ban Chiang, along with pots of other varieties. This type of vessel appears to belong to the poorly understood transitional phase between Middle Period and Late Period, circa 300 BCE: the burial sites where this type of pot appears continue the Middle Period custom of breaking pots intentionally over the body, but the vessels share some decorative elements of the Late Period.

4. (Judy Voelker, 9 December 2003) She has not seen this type of vessel from sites in southern Khorat (Northeast Thailand) or Central Thailand.

5. (Louise Cort, 18 August 2004) Title is changed from "Vessel" to "Round-bottomed vessel with tall everted neck."

6. (Louise Cort, 17 November 2014) In 2008 a sample taken from the base of this vessel was submitted to Oxford Authentication for TL testing. The result showed that the pot was last fired 1700-2600 years ago.

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