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

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Vessel with round bottom

  • Earthenware with red pigment
  • 28 x 30 cm
  • Possibly Ban Chiang culture
  • 300 BCE-200 CE, Prehistoric period
  • Origin: Northeast Thailand
  • Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2004.46


Large red-on-buff earthenware vessel with large hole in bottom that appears to be an intentional part of the object's design .

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Ellen Chase, Louise Cort, and Blythe McCarthy, 6 May 2003) Was the hole cut in the bottom of this jar to allow it to stand? Round clean spots on the surface suggest cleaning tests. Perhaps this pot should be TL tested to confirm age.

2. (Joyce White, Ban Chiang Project, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, 8 December 2003) She has never seen another vessel exactly like this one, but the fire clouds appear authentic (and run over the red pigment, indicating that it was applied before firing). Perhaps it is simply later than the finer Ban Chiang ware, belonging to phase 10 rather than phase 9. There is an example from the Ban Chiang excavation of a vessel with a hole cut in the base as on this one.

3. (Louise Cort, 18 August 2004) Title changed from "Vessel" to "Wide-mouth pot with rounded base."

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