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Vessel with round bottom

  • Earthenware with red pigment
  • 37 x 23.5 cm
  • Ban Chiang culture
  • 300 BCE-200 CE, Ban Chiang culture, late period
  • Origin: Northeast Thailand
  • Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2004.18

Description

Red painted spiral design on globular base; flared rim with design.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Ellen Chase, Louise Cort, and Blythe McCarthy, 6 May 2003) This vessel was well scrubbed after excavation, as the result of which pigment was lost from the neck.

2. The spiral design has four repeats (as seen on excavated Ban Chiang site vessels in the University of Pennsylvania, December 2002). The neck bears a different design from the body, although the neck and body are intact and have not been rejoined. The neck design relates to a motif that appears on the shoulder of a vessel excavated from Ban Chiang (White 1982, 73, no. 56, dated Late Period, ca. 300 A.D.–A.D. 1).

White, Joyce C. 1982. Ban Chiang: Discovery of a Lost Bronze Age. Philadelphia and Washington: University Museum, University of Pennsylvania Press and Smithsonian Institution.

3. (Louise Cort, 7 November 2003) Another pot of this type was published on the cover of Arts of Asia November–December 1973, together with an article titled "Thailand's Ban Chiang: The Birthplace of Civilization?" The vessel is described as coming from Ban Chiang. The neck of that round-bodied pot is shorter and only slightly everted. The spiral curls in on itself. 

Griffin, Robert S. 1973. "Thailand's Ban Chiang, the birthplace of civilization?" Arts of Asia 3(6): 31–34.

4. (Louise Cort, 10 November 2003) In his study of types of Ban Chiang painted pottery, Piriya Krairiksh illustrates in Chart IV a vessel of this type excavated in burial WP2B (at the Wat Po site in Ban Chiang) along with a vessel decorated like S2004.19 or 20 and a pedestal-base vessel with spiral decorations in a scheme resembling that of S2004.17.

Piriya Krairiksh. 1973. "Provisional Classification of Painted Pottery from Bân Chieng." Artibus Asiae XXXV(1–2): 145–162.

5. (Joyce White, Ban Chiang Project, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, 8 December 2003) OK. Ban Chiang Late Period.

6. (Louise Cort, 18 August 2004) Title changed from "Vessel" to "Pot with round bottom and trumpet-shaped neck."


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