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

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Bowl

  • Stoneware with white slip and iron pigment under clear glaze
  • 5.8 x 12.5 cm
  • Sukhothai ware
  • 16th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Sukhothai kilns, Sukhothai, Sukhothai province, North-central Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.303

Description

Bowl with rounded sides, upright rim and carved footring.
Clay: medium grey stoneware with white impurities; coarse and grainy.
Glaze: clear, glossy, transparent; marred by pinholes on both interior and exterior; foot and base unglazed.
Decoration: painted in underglaze iron pigment on thick creamy white slip; a dot encircled by two concentric circles on the centre, a concentric circle below the interior of the rim while three circles on the exterior.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (George Williams, research assistant, 30 January 2007) In anticipation of the upcoming exhibition, Taking Shape, and to reflect current understanding, changed Date from 14th–15th century to 15th–16th century.

2. (Louise Cort, 21 May 2008) Based on her research on shipwrecks, Roxanna Brown dates Sukhothai ware bowls of this type to shipwrecks of the sixteenth century, including the Singtai (both circa 1512–1540) (Brown 2004).

Changed Date from 15th–16th 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.


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