Lamp

  • Earthenware
  • 1.9 x 5.2 cm
  • Oc Eo culture
  • 3rd-6th century, Pre-Angkor period
  • Origin: Southern Vietnam
  • Provenance: Mekong River Delta, Southern Vietnam
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.185

Description

Hand-pinched from light gray, medium-textured clay. Uneven rim blackened with soot on edges.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 3 October 2008) The Hauges acquired this vessel as "Oc Eo." They knew a Vietnamese military officer stationed in the Mekong delta area; he recovered pots from the swampy margins of rivers during the low-water season. Such pots were said to be "from Oc Eo."

The Hauges owned a copy of Malleret's 1960 publication on Oc Eo and employed it to confirm the pieces they acquired as "Oc Eo culture." It is important to note that Malleret acquired all his ceramic samples, except those that he excavated from Oc Eo, as surface finds located in the course of general surveys of other sites (Malleret 1960, 92).

Malleret, Louis. 1960. La civilisation matérielle d'Oc-Eo. L'Archéologie du Delta du Mékong, tome 2. Publications de l'École Française d'Extrême-Orient, Vol. XLIII. Paris: l'École Française d'Extrême-Orient.

2. (Louise Cort, 3 October 2008) The formation of this simple clay cup used as a lamp (identified by the black scorch marks around the rim) suggests that it may indeed be an early piece associated in time with Oc Eo.

To Origin added Southern Vietnam.


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