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

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Bowl on pedestal foot (pastiche)

  • Earthenware with red pigment
  • 14 x 21.5 cm
  • Ban Kao culture and Ban Chiang culture
  • 1000-300 BCE, Ban Kao culture and Ban Chiang middle period
  • Origin: Kanchanaburi province and Udon province, Thailand
  • Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2004.53

Description

Shallow dish with wide base and everted flattened rim (Ban Kao tradition), attached to pedestal foot (Ban Chiang tradition). Pastiche.
Clay: buff earthenware.
Decoration: on foot only, incised motifs filled with red pigment.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Ellen Chase, Louise Cort, and Blythe McCarthy, 5 May 2003) This vessel is a pastiche. Gray pigment conceals the join between the bowl and the pedestal, and black dots appear to have been applied to the stem as distraction. The component parts are worn.

2. (Joyce White, 8 December 2003) The top is typical of the Ban Kao site in western Thailand, while the base is typical Ban Chiang. The two surfaces are different, and the join is messy.

3. (Louise Cort, 25 April 2005) A shallow tray on a pedestal foot—a vessel of not dissimilar form—was found at the Iron Age site of Krek, a circular occupation site in eastern Cambodia (Higham 2002, 185, fig. lower right).

Higham, Charles. 2002. Early Cultures of Mainland Southeast Asia. Chicago: Art Resources.


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