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

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Dish

  • Stoneware with white slip under clear glaze
  • 7.1 x 22.8 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
  • S2005.304

Description

Dish with shallow curving sides, everted rim, carved footring and five spur marks from kiln stacking disc on interior bottom.
Clay: grey stoneware with white impurities; coarse and grainy.
Glaze: clear, glossy, transparent; applied over thick creamy white slip, foot and base unglazed.
Decoration: none.

Curatorial Remarks

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

The concept of this plain white bowl probably relates to the introduction of opaque white glaze at the Si Satchanalai kilns—both responding to Chinese porcelain.

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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