Vessel on pedestal base

  • Earthenware with white slip and red pigment
  • 19 x 17.5 cm
  • Ban Chiang culture
  • 300 BCE-200 CE, Ban Chiang culture, late period
  • Origin: Sakon Nakhon province, Northeast Thailand
  • Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2004.55


Cylindrical earthenware vessel with red and white horizontal striped painted designs.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Ellen Chase, Louise Cort, and Blythe McCarthy, 5 May 2003) This is a beautiful pot, but it appears to have been repainted with tobacco-brown pigment smeared around the fills. It is OK.

This vessel relates to S2004.56 and 57, also to RLS2001.21.13 in the Gupta collection.

2. (Louise Cort, 12 June 2003) According to Joyce C. White (2002), 88, describing no. 153, "the shape of this [unprovenienced] pot [belonging to the National Museum of Thailand] is supposedly characteristic of pots from sites in Sawang Daeng Din, an area adjacent to the Ban Chiang county, but no pots of this shape have been found at Ban Chiang." Sawang Daeng Din is the name of a county (amphoe) in Sakon Nakhon Province, Northeast Thailand, lying east of Ban Chiang. I also saw sherds of this sort in 1989–90 in the collection of the Sakon Nakhon Teachers' College (now University) museum, with the same identification.

White, Joyce C. 1982. Ban Chiang: Discovery of a Lost Bronze Age. Philadelphia and Washington: University Museum, University of Pennsylvania Press and Smithsonian Institution.

3. (Louise Cort, 18 August 2004) Although this vessel is not thought to belong to the Ban Chiang tradition, it is dated tentatively "Circa 300 B.C.–200 A.D." in accordance with the Ban Chiang Late Period, when red-on-buff painted pots were common. The restraint of the decoration, however, organized in horizontal bands, and the use of white slip may prove to belong to an earlier date.

Title is changed from "Vessel" to "Pot with everted rim on wide pedestal base."

4. (Louise Cort, 24 August 2004) According to Victor Hauge in a conversation at his home on 30 July 2001, he understood that the cylindrical vessels of this type were said to have come from "Ban Tard" (Baan Taat, "stupa" or "chedi" village).

5. (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.

6. (Louise Cort, 18 May 2005) Vessels of this type were on view in the Khon Kaen National Museum, Thailand, as coming from Tambon Phanna, Amphoe Sawang Daeng Din, and Tambon Muangkhai, A. Phang Khon, both in Sakon Nakhon province. I saw this display on 22 September 1989. Sawang Daen Din is not far to the east of Ban Chiang; Phang Khon is about the same distance further east (on modern highway 22 between the provincial capitals of Udon and Sakon Nakhon).

7. (Louise Cort, 12 March 2008) In discussion with Joyce White last spring about attributing these Sawang Daeng Din pieces, she suggested placing them in the Ban Chiang tradition in the broad sense, even though none have been recovered from the site of Ban Chiang proper.

In 1977 Roxanna Brown reported that vessels of this type were said to have come mainly from Ban Sang Du, Sakon Nakhon province (Brown 1977, 31 and no. 19).

Brown, Roxanna M., Otto Karow, Peter W. Meister, and Hans W. Siegel. 1977. Legend and reality: early ceramics from South-East Asia. Kuala Lumpur and New York: Oxford University Press.

8. (Louise Cort, 27 March 2008) A vessel of this type (bowl on a high-ring foot) was acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as a gift (M.90.73.3). It is dated to the Late Ban Chiang culture. It was published in Labbe 2002, fig. 144.

Labbe, Armand. 2002. Prehistoric Thai Ceramics: Ban Chiang, Lopburi, and Khok Phanom Di and Related Sites in Regional and Cultural Perspective. Bangkok: White Lotus.

9. (Louise Cort, 17 November 2014) In 2008 a sample from inside the base of this vessel was sent to Oxford Authentication for TL testing. The result showed that the vessel was last fired between 1400 and 2200 years ago.

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