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

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  • Underfired stoneware with celadon glaze
  • 7.3 x 15.7 cm
  • San Kamphaeng ware
  • 14th-mid 16th century, Lan Na period
  • Origin: San Kamphaeng kilns, San Kamphaeng, Chiang Mai province, Northern Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.231


Bowl with rounded sides, everted rim with several losses and carved footring.
Clay: grey stoneware.
Glaze: greyish green, matte, opaque, possibly underfired; the glaze is brushed on the bowl but leave the base unglazed.
Decoratio: five incised rings on the well.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 20 January 2006) The underfired glaze on this bowl retains brush strokes that show the glaze was applied by brushing, rather than dipping. This may have been a fairly widespread practice at northern kilns, although it is usually more visible on brown-glazed vessels. The short, narrow rim and the fairly refined, light-colored body bearing scattered dark specks resemble S2005.218, identified as Kalong ware, or S2005.227, identified as San Kamphaeng. For the moment this bowl is assigned to San Kamphaeng.

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