Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
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Tubular firing support

  • Stoneware with fly-ash glaze
  • 19.2 x 8.9 cm
  • Wang Nua ware
  • 15th-16th century, Lan Na period
  • Origin: Wang Nua kilns, Lampang province, Northern Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.216


Tubular firing support with cylindrical body tapered towards the mouth and a flat base.
Clay: coarse greyish buff stoneware.
Glaze: flying ash glaze and coarse sand on the exterior.
Decoration: none.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 9 January 2006) The initials "KWN" on the blue tape adhering to this kiln tool stand for "Kalong Wang Nua." Wang Nua is a district town just south of the district town of Wieng Papao, where the Kalong kilns are located.

Roxanna Brown dates the wares to circa late 14th–early 15th century (Brown 1988, pl. 54-e). A row of eleven cross-draft in-ground kilns was excavated in 1972 (ibid., 83, pl. 54-e).

Changed Origin from Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province to Wang Nua, Lampang province.

Brown, Roxanna M. 1988. The Ceramics of South-East Asia: Their Dating and Identification. 2nd ed. Singapore: Oxford University Press.

2. (Louise Cort, 29 May 2008) Don Hein, in Washington to present the Pope Memorial Lecture, observed that this tubular support resembles those used at the Sawankhalok kilns.

The support is wheel-thrown and has a fairly small diameter at the top, resembling the supports used at Sawankhalok kilns during the LASW (Late Stoneware) phase, which Hein dates to early 15th through 16th century.

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