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

  • Earthenware
  • 23.3 x 14.3 cm
  • 16th-17th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Chao Phraya River network, Central Thailand
  • Provenance: Bangkok or Ayutthaya, Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.189

Description

Three different patterns of paddle-impressed decoration.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 24 November 2003) Victor Hauge believed that this vessel had been acquired by Osborne and Gratia while in Saigon. I saw pots of this type, blackened from use, for sale in antique shops in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). In all likelihood they were not very old.

The presence of three difference patterns of paddle-impressed decoration (divided among the neck, body, and base) resembles the pots made today in Dau Doi village, Sok Xoai commune, Hon Dat district, Kien Giang province. The women potters are ethnic Khmer Cort and Lefferts 2000).

Cort, Louise, and Leedom Lefferts. 2000. "Khmer Earthenware in Mainland Southeast Asia: An Approach through Production." Udaya (Journal of Khmer Studies) 1: 49–68.

2. (Louise Cort, 3 April 2007) The form of this vessel, with thick rolled rim, the clay body, and the weight vis-à-vis size all bear more resemblance to other pots in the Hauge collection attributed provisionally to the Chao Phraya River network and acquired by the Hauges in Thailand. The pots more firmly attributable to ethnic Khmer pots in the Mekong River Delta are made of darker clay, have a different rim form, and are thinner and lighter (S2005.190–191 and 405).

Changed Origin from Vietnam to Central Thailand, Chao Phraya River network.


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