Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
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Bottle with two vertical ring handles

  • Stoneware with fly-ash glaze
  • 13 x 9.5 cm
  • Sawankhalok ware
  • 13th-14th century, Sukhothai period or Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Sawankhalok kilns, Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, North-central Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.252


Bottle with two ring handles at mouth and string-cut foot, fly-ash glaze on one side.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 14 January 2007) Don Hein associated glazed bottles ("barrel jarlets") in a generally Ming Chinese style with the wares made at Si Satchanalai that he terms LASW (Late Stoneware) (Hein 2001, fig. 43l). Although Hein is cautious about dating, he suggests that LASW dates to 15th–16th century (Hein 1999, 150).

Changed Date from Late 16th–18th century to 15th–16th century.

Hein, Don. 2001. "The Sawankhalok Ceramic Industry: from Domestic Enterprise to Regional Entrepreneur". PhD Thesis, Department of Science and Technology, Deakin University, Melbourne.

Hein, Don. 1999. "The First Underglaze Painted Decoration at Sawankhalok: identification of a key influence? (Diqu shouci chuxian de youxia caihui: Taigou taoci tazhan shi shang wailai yingxiang de zhongyao xiansuo?)." Guoli Taiwan daxue Meishushi yanjiu jikan (The Taida Journal of Art History) 7: 137–158.

2. (Louise Cort, 10 February 2007) In an email message today Don Hein wrote, "The small eared jar looks like an early Sawankhalok piece. They are often roughly potted, either unglazed or with a degraded brownish-black glaze, the base is usually plain (no well) and either showing a sand texture surface or cordcut marks. I cannot recall seeing any of the type at Singburi and having just checked Chārưk Wilaikǣo's 1990 report (Tao Mǣnam Nǭi 2) none are listed (we worked together at Si Satchanalai and I visited him at Singburi several times while the excavation was in progress). The jar type continued to be made at Si Satchanalai but better potted and usually green or brown glazed."

In a previous message he identified the production phases as MON—the initial phase of operation at Si Satchanalai, when potters used inground kilns.

Changed Period from Ayutthaya period to Sukhothai or Ayutthaya period. Changed Date from 15th–16th century to 13th–14th century.

Chārưk Wilaikǣo (Charuk Wilaykaen). 1990. Tao Mǣnam Nǭi 2 [Maenam Noi Kilns, part 2]. Bangkok: Krom Sinlapākǭn (Fine Arts Department).

3. (Louise Cort, 29 May 2008) Don Hein, in Washington to present the Pope Memorial Lecture, confirmed that an early date is OK for this bottle.

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