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

  • Stoneware with iron glaze
  • 13.4 x 7.2 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
  • S2005.254


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. (Candy Chan, Research Assistant, May 19, 2003) Sisatchanalai brown glazed eared bottle of this type were found in the Ko Kradat shipwreck. It is a mid-16th century shipwreck with reference to a blue and white porcelain base shard bearing 'Da Ming Jiajing nianzhi' [made during the reign of Jiajing (1522–1566) in the Great Ming Dynasty] and another shard with a Wanli reign mark (1573–1619); (Green and Harper 1987, 9, fig. 6).

Green, Jeremy, and Rosemary Harper. 1987. The Maritime Archaeology of Shipwrecks and Ceramics in Southeast Asia. Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology Special Publication No. 4. Fremantle: Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology.

2. (Louise Cort, 17 February 2008) The Ko Kradat shipwreck (Green et. al. 1981) is dated to circa 1540–1572 (Brown 2004).

Green, Jeremy, Rosemary Harper, and S. Prishanchittara. 1981. The Excavation of the Ko Kradat Wreck site Thailand 1979–1980. Perth: Department of Maritime Archaeology, Western Australia Museum.

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.

Changed Date from 14th–mid 16th century to 16th century.

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