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

  • Stoneware with iron glaze
  • 12.8 x 8.5 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
  • S2005.255


Bottle of ovoid form with angular shoulder, cup shaped mouth, splayed foot and recessed base. Two ring handles on shoulder.
Clay: brown stoneware with black inclusions.
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).

Similar brown glazed eared bottles but with splayed mouths were found on the Turiang shipwreck (+/- 1370 AD). Brown belives that they are among the early wares made at the Sisatchanalai kilns (Brown and Sjostrand 2001, 43–45, color pl. 16).

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.

Brown, Roxanna M., and Sten Sjostrand. 2001. Maritime Archaeology and Shipwreck Ceramics in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur: Department of Museums and Antiques.

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