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, blackened in firing
  • 9 x 15.5 cm
  • Style of Ban Chiang culture
  • circa 1960-65, Bangkok period
  • Origin: Udon Thani Province, Thailand
  • Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2004.54

Description

Earthenware vessel with incised geometric designs and largely black surface, damaged during firing.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 2 October 2001) The anomalies in the design of dragon and five-pointed star, the "alms-bowl" shape, and the rough free-hand incising instead of rocker-blade marking all indicate that this is a modern attempt at a replica that was probably damaged in firing (fired too damp, it exploded).

2. (Ellen Chase, Louise Cort, and Blythe McCarthy, 6 May 2003) An obvious fake.

3. (Louise Cort, 4 April 2005) According to Bud, Victor, and Taka Hauge, in conversation at the Hauge home on 24 November 2003, the Bangkok dealer Carol Woo carried many Ban Chiang pieces, and presumably she was the source of most of the Hauge pieces.


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