Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
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Dish

  • Stoneware with celadon glaze
  • 6.2 x 24.9 cm
  • Phan or Wang Nua ware
  • 15th-16th century, Lan Na period
  • Origin: Phan or Wang Nua kilns, Chiang Rai or Lampang province, Northern Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.211

Description

Dish with shallow curving sides, upright rim and short carved footring.
Clay: buff stoneware.
Glaze: pale celadon with purple splashes, opaque, glossy, crazed; base unglazed.
Decoration: none.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 15 February 2006) The proportionately small foot, with the glaze messily spilling over the footrim, indicate that this dish was fired on a support that made contact with the unglazed base inside the footrim, following the model of Ming-dynasty Longquan ware. In Toyama Satō Bijutsukan ed. 2004, similar dishes are identified as Phan (nos. 109–114) or as Wang Nua (no. 130) and dated to the 15th–16th century. Corresponding dishes were also made at kilns in Burma (nos. 1–2, attributed to Twante, dated 14th–15th century). A Burmese dish with upright rim similar to this dish is dated 15th–16th century (no. 7).

Toyama Satō Bijutsukan (Sato Memorial Art Museum Toyama), ed. 2004. Tōnan Ajia kotōji ten IX—Myanmaa to sono shūhen (Special Exhibition; South-east Asian Ceramics vol. 9) [Burma and environs]. Toyama: Tōyama-shi Kyōiki Iinkai (Toyama City Board of Education).

2. (Louise Cort, 22 September 2011) According to Pariwat Thammapreechakorn, an identical dish is in the collection of the Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum, Bangkok.


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