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

Print | Back to Normal Layout

Bottle with two vertical ring handles

  • Stoneware with iron glaze
  • 23 x 14.6 cm
  • Sawankhalok ware
  • 14th-mid 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
  • S2005.253

Description

Bottle of ovoid form with angular shoulder, cup shaped mouth, splayed foot and recessed base. Two ring handles on shoulder.
Clay: grey stoneware, oxidized to reddish brown.
Glaze: dark brown, translucent to opaque, glossy, crazed; falls short of lower body, foot, base and interior unglazed.
Decoration: incised bands on upper body.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 30 July 2002) Large Si Satchanalai black-glazed bottle with lugs at neck.

2. (Louise Cort, 29 May 2008) Don Hein, in Washington to present the Pope Memorial Lecture, remarked that he had never seen a base like the one on this bottle, with its concentric carving, and felt it is probably a modern piece. The clay is not the same as that of typical Sawankhalok bottles. The matte glaze bears strange areas of gloss, and something has run over from the glazed area onto the bare clay, suggesting that the glaze might have been treated with something to make it appear old. The edge of the glaze is very straight, suggesting that the bottle was dipped into glaze, whereas glaze was usually poured over Sawankhalok bottles. The inside of the mouth is rough.


field notes

Submit Comment 0 comments total
 

No field notes found.