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

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Head of deva (thep phanom)

  • Stoneware with iron pigment under white glaze
  • 9.7 x 6.4 x 6.1 cm
  • Sawankhalok ware
  • 16th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Ban Pa Yang kilns, Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, North-central Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.295

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 7 January 2007) For glazed ceramic sculpture from the Si Satchanalai kilns, made for use at monasteries in the cities of Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai, see Guy and Richards 1991–1992.

Guy, John, and R. J. Richards. 1991–1992. "Architectural Ceramics of Sukhothai Province." Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society 56: 75–97.

2. (Louise Cort, 21 May 2008) Based on her research on shipwrecks, Roxanna Brown determines that the combination of opaque white glaze and iron glaze began to be used on Sawankhalok wares circa 1500–1520.

To Date added 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. (J. Smith per Louise Cort, 6/19/2008) Sculpture added as secondary classification.

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