Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
Collections in the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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Dish in the form of a leaf, with an opening at the narrow end

  • Earthenware
  • 4.5 x 28.1 x 22.7 cm
  • 19th-mid 20th century, Bangkok period
  • Origin: Central or North-central Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.204

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 2002) This appears to be a votive lamp—possibly made for the Indian merchants community who came from South India and settled in Saigon.

2. (Louise Cort, 21 May 2009) To Period added Nguyen dynasty, to Date added 19th-mid 20th century, to Origin added Probably Saigon.

3. (Louise Cort, 18 January 2011) A vessel of this shape, though smaller in size (estimated length 16 cm.) was on view at the Dr. Tawee Folklore Museum, Phitsanulok, Thailand, on 27 Dec 1995. It was said to come from Wat Chan in Phitsanulok and was described explicitly as "for grinding herbs used to polish the body and skin." This brings into question the tentative attribution to the South Indian community in Saigon.

In addition, the underside of the vessel shows traces of riverweed adhesions, suggesting that it was recovered from the Chao Phraya River at Ayutthaya. Such markings commonly appear on earthenware vessels recovered from the river.

Changed Period from Nguyen dynasty to Bangkok period (although the date might be earlier). Changed Origin from Probably Saigon, South Vietnam to Central or North-central Thailand.

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