Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
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Vessel with footed base

  • Earthenware, blackened in firing
  • 19.5 x 18 cm
  • Ban Chiang culture
  • 2000-1600 BCE, Ban Chiang culture, early period, phase 2–3
  • Origin: Northeast Thailand
  • Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2004.9

Description

Earthenware vessel with globular, footed base and slightly flared rim.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 2 October 2001) This vessel is related to a vessel form associated with red vessels from the Ban Chiang Late Period. Cord-wrapped or carved paddle marks are visible on the bottom, but the upper vessel surface has been smoothed with a smooth paddle.

2. (Ellen Chase, Louise Cort, and Blythe McCarthy, 6 May 2003) This vessel is fine. The exterior surface appears eroded, possibly by salts.

3. (Joyce White, 8 December 2003) We (at the Ban Chiang Project, MASCA, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) have a pot of this shape, but it is not this dark. Ban Chiang Early Period, phase 2/3. It corresponds to the general black ware, ranging from older than 2000 BCE to 1600 BCE.

4. (Judy Voelker, 9 December 2003) She has not seen any similar whole pieces, but she is reminded of the Neolithic sherds from Ban Non Wat, a late third–early second millennium site near Phimai discovered in 2002 and excavated by Charles Higham. Those sherds have dark coring.

5. (Louise Cort, 18 December 2003) Compare form of S2004.17.

6. (Louise Cort, 18 August 2004) Title changed from "Vessel" to "Vessel with footed base."

7. (Louise Cort, 15 June 2013) The date for the Ban Chiang lower early period is given as 2100-1700 BCE on the Ban Chiang Project web site, accessed today (http://penn.museum/banchiang/about/chronology/).


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