Bottle with cup-shaped mouth

  • Stoneware with iron glaze
  • 14.2 x 12.6 cm
  • Sawankhalok ware
  • 15th-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
  • S2005.247

Description

Bottle of globular form with cup-shaped mouth, splayed foot and recessed base. A circular scar from a tubular kiln support on the base.
Clay: brown stoneware.
Glaze: dark brown with bluish patches, opaque, low gloss, crazed, pinholes in the surface of the glaze; thickly applied and falls short of the lower body, foot and base unglazed.
Decoration: incised rings on the upper body.

Curatorial Remarks

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

2. (Louise Cort, 29 May 2008) Don Hein, in Washington to present the Pope Memorial Lecture, remarked that the glaze on this bottle is unusual  but there is no reason to doubt that it was made at Sawankhalok.


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