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

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  • Earthenware with red pigment
  • 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Ban Chiang culture
  • 300 BCE-200 CE, Ban Chiang culture, late period, phase 10
  • Origin: Northeast Thailand
  • Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2004.25


Earthenware vessel with burnished red slip on exterior.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Ellen Chase, Louise Cort, and Blythe McCarthy, 5 May 2003) This vessel is OK but worn; much of the surface has been lost. A few areas of the original burnished surface remain. Was the red coloring touched up in places?

2. (Joyce White, 8 December 2003) Ban Chiang Late Period, Phase 10.

3. (Judy Voelker, 9 December 2003) She has never seen anything of similar shape and has no reference point for the vessel or rim shape. The black core is indicative of an early date. She believes she saw vessels with similarity in color at the Khon Kaen National Museum in central Northeast Thailand, representing a cultural area between Ban Chiang in the north and Phimai in the south.

4. (Louise Cort, 18 August 2004) A similar Late Period bowl with burnished red slip was recovered from the grave of a three-year-old child along with two other pots and four clay rollers (White 1982, no. 60; see also nos. 59, 61, 73–76 for other pots and rollers from the same grave; 28, fig. 32 for the grave as excavated). Two rollers recovered from the grave are of the same type as S2004.26.

Title changed from "Vessel" to "Bowl."

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

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