Vessel with round bottom

  • Earthenware with red pigment
  • 26 x 21 cm
  • Possibly Ban Chiang culture
  • 300 BCE - 200 CE, Possibly Ban Chiang Late period
  • Origin: Northeast Thailand
  • Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2004.43


Earthenware vessel with globular base, long neck and wide flaring rim. Bands of red pigment painted above shoulder and below rim; design painted in red pigment on exterior of rim; red pigment on interior of rim.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Ellen Chase, Louise Cort, and Blythe McCarthy, 6 May 2003) This vessel is related to S2004.44 and 46 in the use of a very broad red stripe in the design motif. Was this vessel recoated and painted and fired again?

2. (Joyce White, Ban Chiang Project, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, 8 December 2003) Signs of a "porch repair job" done in Ban Pulu near Ban Chiang, where many pastiches were produced for the antiques market. Are the top and bottom of the same age? Perhaps the top is old and the bottom new. But the bottom appears thick and heavy, a sign in favor of its being old. Was dirt added inside the neck to enhance and conceal?

3. (Louise Cort, 18 August 2004) Title changed from "Vessel" to "Vessel with round bottom, tall neck, and flaring rim."

A vessel of similar form appears among the "unprovenienced artifacts possibly of the Ban Chiang tradition" (White 1982, no. 148).

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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