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

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  • Stoneware with celadon glaze
  • 6.4 x 12.8 cm
  • Sawankhalok ware
  • early 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
  • S2005.279


Small bowl with incurved rim and string-cut unglazed base.
Clay: buff stoneware.
Glaze: celadon glaze.
Decoration: none.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 29 May 2008) Don Hein, in Washington to present the Pope Memorial Lecture, observed that this vessel has what he terms the "reverse-S" contour to the wall. The form begins in the MON (Most Original Node) phase of Sawankhalok production, in the 13th century, and continues through the LASW (Late Stoneware) phase, which Hein dates to the early 15th through 16th century. The flat untrimmed base is typical of this vessel form. Fly ash landed on the surface and interfered with the color and translucency of the glaze.

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

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