Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
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Bottle with cup-shaped mouth

  • Stoneware with iron glaze
  • 13.6 x 8.1 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
  • S2005.248

Description

Bottle with pear-shaped body, cup-shaped mouth with a chipped rim, splayed foot and recessed base.
Clay: grey stoneware, oxidized to reddish brown.
Glaze: amber, low gloss, translucent; falls short irregularly above foot, base and interior unglazed.
Decoration: none.

Published References

1. Hewitt, Mark, and Nancy Sweezy. 2005. The Potter's Eye: Art and Tradition in North Carolina Pottery. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press: 134–135 (color illus.), cat. no. 54.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Candy Chan, Research Assistant, May 20, 2003) Pear-shaped bottles with cup-shaped mouth are in the Collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia. They are dated to 13th–16th century (Richards 1995, 114, pl. 58).

Richards, Dick. 1995. South-East Asian Ceramics: Thai, Vietnamese and Khmer: From the Collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia. Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press.

2. (George Williams, research assistant, 30 January 2007) In anticipation of the upcoming exhibition, Taking Shape, and to reflect current understanding, changed Date from 14th– mid 16th century to 15th–16th century.

3. (Louise Cort, 29 May 2008) Don Hein, in Washington to present the Pope Memorial Lecture, remarked that bottles with cup-shaped mouths were made at both Sawankhalok and Kalong. (He does not doubt that this bottle is Sawankhalok.)


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