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Bottle with two vertical ring handles

  • Stoneware with celadon glaze
  • 13.1 x 9.9 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
  • S2005.262

Description

Bottle of ovoid form with flattened shoulder, cup-shaped mouth, bevelled footring and recessed base. Two ring handles on shoulder. A crack on base.
Clay: light grey stoneware with black inclusions, coarse, oxidized to pinkish red.
Glaze: celadon, glossy, crazed, transparent; falls short irregularly above foot, interior and base unglazed.
Decoration: incised bands on shoulder.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Candy Chan, Research Assistant, May 19, 2003) Si Satchanalai celadon glazed eared bottles of this type were found in the Ko Samui shipwreck site, Surat Thani province, in the Gulf of Thailand (Green and Harper 1987, 7, Fig. 11a).

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, 14 January 2007) Don Hein associated celadon-glazed and brown-glazed wares in a generally Ming Chinese style with the wares made at Si Satchanalai that he terms LASW (Late Stoneware) (Hein 2001, figs. 42–43, especially 43, the form he terms "barrel jarlets"). Although Hein is cautious about dating, he suggests that LASW dates to 15th–16th century (Hein 1999, 150).

Changed Date from 14th–15th 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.


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