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
  • 28.4 x 27.8 cm
  • Possibly Ban Chiang culture
  • 1000-500 BCE, Possibly Ban Chiang Middle period
  • Origin: Northeast Thailand
  • Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2004.50

Description

Globular vessel with rounded base, tall neck, everted rim, cord-impressed design from neck to base. Shaped with fine cord-wrapped paddle, which left marks over the body. Round hole intentionally made at midpoint of wall.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Note from Blythe McCarthy to Louise Cort, following examination, September 2001) This vessel had a red paste that seemed different from the others I looked at.

2. (Ellen Chase, Louise Cort, and Blythe McCarthy, 6 May 2003) The red clay body is oxidized on the inside. The body is paper-thin. It was formed with a paddle wrapped with fine twine.

Compare S2004.99, similar in form but lacking the red pigment.

3. (Louise Cort, 18 August 2004) Title changed from "Vessel" to "Cord-marked round vessel with trumpet-shaped rim."

4. (Louise Cort, 14 February 2005) The small round hole in the side of the body appears to have been made deliberately and perhaps indicates that this pot was used for burial (whether or not it had been made originally for a utilitarian function).


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