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

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Bottle

  • Stoneware with iron glaze
  • 14.6 x 10.5 cm
  • Sawankhalok ware
  • 16th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Sawankhalok kilns, Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, North-central Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.246

Description

Bottle with pear-shaped body, cup-shaped mouth and carved footring.
Clay: brown stoneware.
Glaze: black with blue and purple patches, glossy, thickly applied on the lower body; base unglazed.
Decoration: none.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 14 April 2005) Despite the atypical heavy black glaze with bluish streaks, the shape, decoration, and base of this jar all suggest an origin in Si Satchanalai.

2. (Louise Cort, 20 May 2008) The band of rings around the neck on this bottle resembles the treatment of the neck of a brown-glazed "coconut" jar excavated from the Espanola shipwreck (Brown 2004, pl. 66-3) and a brown-glazed jar with ring handles excavated from the Singtai shipwreck (ibid., pl. 68-4). Roxanna Brown dates both of these shipwrecks circa 1512–1540.

Date added: 16th century.

Brown, Roxanna Maude. 2004. "The Ming Gap and Shipwreck Ceramics in Southeast Asia". Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles.


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