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

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Vessel with round pottom

  • Earthenware with red pigment
  • 25 x 22 cm
  • Ban Chiang culture
  • 300 BCE-200 CE, Ban Chiang culture, late period
  • Origin: Northeast Thailand
  • Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2004.21


Buff earthenware vessel with carinated body, round base, and wide neck. Designs on body painted with red pigment; neck coated with red pigment.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Ellen Chase, Louise Cort, and Blythe McCarthy, 6 May 2003) The projecting neck edge is also found on S2004.19 and 20; all these pots seem to belong to the same technological family. The body was thinly paddled, while the rim is a thick addition. Here, because of the break, one can see the way the distinctive neck was formed: a seam is visible inside and overlap outside. The vessel broke along that horizontal line. The vessel also bears the same design as S2004.19 and 20.

2. (Louise Cort, 10 November 2003) In his study of types of Ban Chiang painted pottery, Piriya Krairiksh included vessels of this type in his Type I (I-b, with "collared" neck painted red).

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

3. (Joyce White, Ban Chiang Project, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, 8 December 2003) This is a fine (unproblematic) Ban Chiang Late Period vessel. Note the design motif of "dropping points."

4. (Louise Cort, 18 August 2004) Title changed from "Vessel" to "Vessel with round bottom and long neck."

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