Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
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Bowl with incised decoration

  • Stoneware with celadon glaze
  • 7 x 14.6 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
  • S2005.273


Small bowl.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Candy Chan, Research Assistant, May 19, 2003) Si Satchanalai celadon bowls of this type were found in the Ko Samui wreck site, belong to Surat Thani province, the Gulf of Thailand (Green and Harper 1987, 7, fig. 8a).

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, 21 May 2008) Based on her extensive research on shipwrecks, Roxanna Brown dates the Ko Samui shipwreck to circa 1500–1520.

Changed Date from 14th–15th century to 16th century.

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.

3. (Louise Cort, 29 May 2008) Don Hein, in Washington to present the Pope Memorial Lecture, called this bowl typical of most production at the Ban Koh Noi kilns during the LASW (Late Stoneware phase, early 15th through 16th century. Black slag from the ceiling of the kiln fell into the glaze in the interior. This bowl was fired to a good high temperature, as indicated by the bright red surface of the unglazed clay on the base.

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