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

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Vessel on pedestal foot

  • Earthenware with red pigment
  • 30 x 27 cm
  • Ban Chiang culture
  • 300 BCE-200 CE, Ban Chiang culture, late period
  • Origin: Northeast Thailand
  • Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2004.24


Earthenware vessel with pedestal foot and everted rim, with red painted spiral designs overall.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Ellen Chase, Louise Cort, and Blythe McCarthy, 6 May 2003) This vessel is related to S2004.22. Both are fine. This vessel has a "fern" motif on the neck. Both compare to an unprovenienced red-on-buff pot with a "deer" depicted on the base (White 1982, 29, fig. 33). These vessels also relate to three vessels in the Gupta collection: S2004.13, 22, and 33.

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

2. (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.

3. (Louise Cort, 18 August 2004) Title is changed from "Vessel" to "Pot with wide mouth on pedestal base."

4. (Louise Cort, 18 August 2004) Title is changed from "Vessel" to "Vessel with wide mouth on pedestal foot."

5. (Louise Cort, 26 March 2008) A "Ban Chiang Late Period red-on-buff mortuary vessel" of this type, with conical pedestal foot and with related decoration, height 45 cm., is illustrated in Higham 1989, fig. 3.13.

Higham, Charles. 1989. The Archaeology of Mainland Southeast Asia. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.

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