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 and overall paddle-impressed texture

  • Earthenware with red pigment
  • 22.8 x 26.3 cm
  • Possibly Ban Chiang culture
  • 1st millennium BCE, Possibly Ban Chiang period
  • Origin: Northeast Thailand
  • Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2004.49

Description

Spherical vessel with short, slightly everted rim, cord-impressed texture, and red slip.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 11 July 2002) Mrs. Tran Thi Thanh Dao, Museum of Vietnamese History, Ho Chi Minh City, believes this piece is from Oc Eo, based on similar pieces in her museum identified as coming from Oc Eo, collected after 1975 from Oc Eo by a museum staff member. He collected them near Vong The mountain. They were discarded by local people who had been digging for gold and other Oc Eo-era artifacts or digging their fields for planting.  See also S2004.99, 124, and 162–164.

2. (Louise Cort, 12 June 2003) Note that the Hauges identified this vessel as "Ban Chiang" (their photograph is numbered BC32 in the binder of Ban Chiang photographs). Of course, the possibility exists that an Oc Eo pot acquired in Saigon got mixed in later years with the Ban Chiang group acquired in Bangkok.

3. (Ellen Chase, Louise Cort, and Blythe McCarthy, 6 May 2003) This vessel was formed using a paddle wrapped with a cord of medium thickness. Red paint is applied to the vessel overall. What is the relationship of the black and gray areas?


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