Dish with incised decoration

  • Stoneware with celadon glaze
  • 11.2 x 34 cm
  • Phan ware
  • late 15th-16th century, Lan Na period
  • Origin: Phan kilns, Chiang Rai province, Northern Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.221


Deep basin with flared rim, straight foot with the inside of footrim bevelled, recessed base. Several cracks on rim extend to cavetto.
Clay: light grey stoneware, dense; flush on base where not covered by the tubular pontil.
Glaze: yellowish green, glossy, crazed; base unglazed.
Decoration: fine incised rings on lower cavetto.

Published References

1. Frasché, Dean. 1976. Southeast Asian Ceramics Ninth through Seventeenth Centuries. New York: Asia Society: 84, no. 51 (published as San Kamphaeng, 15th–16th century).

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 21 August 2003) Another dish of this shape belonging to Ivan Polunin and attributed by Roxanna Brown tentatively to Phan, circa fifteenth century, is published in Brown 1988, pls. 56 c–d. The diameter of the dish is 23.5 cm, smaller than the present dish. It is decorated with sets of incised rings around the everted rim and outside the well.

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

2. (George Williams, research assistant, 30 January 2007) In anticipation of the upcoming exhibition, Taking Shape, changed Date from 15th century to 15th–16th century.

3. (Louise Cort, 18 February 2008) Sayan Prishanchit suggests that the activity of the Phan kilns may have lasted no more than fifty years, probably centering on the second half of the 15th century (or late 15th–early 16th century). He mentions the idea that potters from the Sawankhalok kilns were taken north by Prince Yuthisathira of Chaliang (Si Satchanalai), who moved to Lan Na in 1451 (Sayan 1999, 166).

Don Hein observes that the above-ground brick-built kilns in the Phan complex suggest a technology transfer during the late period of activity (LASW, Late Stoneware) at Si Satchanalai. He sees similarities in the wares as well (Hein 2008, 27).

Sayan Prishanchit. 1999. "Key Sites of 15th Century Ceramic Production in the Upper Northern Thailand Lanna Region." Guoli Taiwan daxue Meishushi yanjiu jikan (The Taida Journal of Art History) 7: 159–210.

Hein, Don. 2008. "Ceramic Kiln Lineages in Mainland Southeast Asia." Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia.

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