Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
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Vessel on pedestal base

  • Earthenware with white slip and red pigment
  • 25.5 x 21 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
  • S2004.56

Description

Cylindrical red and white painted vessel with flared rim.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Ellen Chase, Louise Cort, and Blythe McCarthy, 5 May 2003) This vessel is OK. It relates in style to S2004.55 and 57; also to RLS2001.21.13 in the Gupta collection.

2. (Louise Cort, 12 June 2003) According to White 1982, 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 Sakhon Nakhon Province, Northeast Thailand, lying east of Ban Chiang. I also saw sherds of this sort in 1989–90 in the collection of the Sakhon 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. (Joyce White, Ban Chiang Project, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, 8 December 2003) A fine (unproblematic) example of the prehistoric vessel type associated with Sakhon Nakhon province. Very fine painting—too fine for the patience of the modern person repainting old pots for the market.

4. (Louise Cort, 18 August 2004) Title changed from "Vessel" to "Jar with trumpet neck on wide pedestal base."

5. (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).

6. (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.

7. (Louise Cort, 18 May 2005) Vessels of this type with red-on-white decoration were on view in the Khon Kaen National Museum, Thailand, as coming from Tambon Phanna, Amphoe Sawang Daeng Din, and Tambon Muangkhai, Amphoe Phang Khon, both in Sakhon 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 Thani and Sakhon Nakhon).

8. (Louise Cort, 24 January 2008) A vessel of this family is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, gift of Cynthia Hazen Polsky, 1987 (acc. no. 1987.424.9). That vessel (h. 27.6 cm) has proportionately narrower bands of red-painted decoration, larger areas of white. The bands with diamond patterning circle the base and the mouth rim, as contrasted to the base of the neck on the Sackler vessel. The neck is narrower in proportion to the shoulder and smaller in proportion to the overall vessel size.

9. (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, Sakhon Nakhon province (Brown 1977, 31, 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.


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