Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
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Jar with paddle-impressed texture

  • Earthenware
  • 21.5 x 17.1 cm
  • 4th-2nd century BCE, Hong Bang, Thuc, Trieu dynasty, or Chinese rule
  • Origin: Northern Vietnam
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.188

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 23 January 2003) This earthenware jar is unusual in that it has been worked over with a paddle and anvil but not with the usual purpose (at least in northern Thailand) of rounding out a flat base; on this vessel, the flat base remains.

2. (Louise Cort, 20 January 2006) Although this vessel was gathered from the Hauges' home along with Thai earthenware vessels, its photograph was included in the album of early Vietnamese earthenwares. The form, the flat base, and the cross-hatched paddle marking on this earthenware jar suggest an origin in Vietnam rather than Thailand. Possibly the jar was made in northern Vietnam under the influence of Han Chinese models. Comparable pieces are published in Stephenson and Guy eds. 1997, 171, no. 6 (identified as excavated at Viet Khe, Dong Son, Thanh Hoa province, 4th–2nd century BCE, private collection) and May and Schulenburg 1998, nos. 20 (from Thiet Ke, Thanh Hoa, circa 500–300 BCE), 21 and 22 (both from Thanh Hoa province, circa 200–0 BCE).

Changed Origin from Thailand to Vietnam. Changed Information on Provenance. To Date added 4th–2nd century BCE.

Stevenson, John, and John Guy, eds. 1997. Vietnamese Ceramics, A Separate Tradition. Chicago: Art Media Resources.

May, Jochen, and Stephan Graf von der Schulenburg. 1998. Die Nachbarn im Suden, Fruhe Keramik und Bronze aus Vietnam. Frankfurt: Stadt Frankfurt am Main.


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