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

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  • Stoneware with white slip and iron pigment under clear glaze
  • 6.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Sukhothai ware
  • 15th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Sukhothai kilns, Sukhothai, Sukhothai province, North-central Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.299


Bowl with everted rim and carved footring. Five scars from kiln spurred disc on interior bottom.
Clay: grey stoneware with white impurities, coarse and grainy.
Glaze: green, crazed, transparent, low gloss on interior but glossy on exterior; marred by pinholes; base unglazed.
Decoration: painted in underglaze iron pigment over white slip; probably a fish design encircled by a circle on medallion, concentric circles on interior rim and exterior upper body.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Candy Chan, Research Assistant, May 20, 2003) A plate with similar fish design painted under transparent green glaze is in the James and Elaine Connell collection at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (Asian Art Museum of San Francisco 1993, 148, pl. 125).

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, ed. 1993. Thai Ceramics: The James and Elaine Connell Collection. Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press.

2. (Louise Cort, 10 February 2008) Roxanna Brown (2004) associates Sukhothai ware dishes with a fish motif in the center, and with a plain cavetto, with shipwrecks such as the Longquan dating circa 1424/30–1487.

Changed Date from 14th–15th century to 15th 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, remarked on the plainness of this bowl with its minimal decoration.

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