Jar with incised and applied decoration

  • Unglazed stoneware
  • 35.9 x 22.5 cm
  • 17th-19th century, Lan Sang period or Bangkok period
  • Origin: possibly Songkhram River basin kilns, Middle Mekong River network, Northeast Thailand or Laos
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.331

Description

Jar with trumpet-shaped mouth, ovoid body, flat base with parallel grooves left by using cord to separate the jar from a static potting surface. Two clay 'buttons' luted on shoulder. Several losses on foot and rim, few cuts on lower body.
Clay: beige-grey stoneware.
Glaze: none.
Decoration: incised bands on shoulder.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Candy Chan, May 15, 2003) Flared mouth jars of this type were excavated from the Sisattanak kiln site, Vientiane, Lao, which was also known as Ban Tao Hai (the village of jar kilns) by the local people. The large cross draft, surface kilns dates probably 15th century (Hein et. al. 1992, 58, fig. 21)

Hein, Don, Mike Barbetti, and Thongsa Sayavongkhamdy. 1992. An Excavation at the Sisattanak Kiln Site, Vientiane, Lao P.D.R., 1989. Sydney: Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific, University of Sydney.

2. (Louise Cort, 18 February 2009) In a meeting at the Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Pakkret, Nonthaburi, where he is collaborating in a study of pottery production in Nonthaburi province, Mon ceramic specialist Pisarn Boonpoog said that he visited the Si Songkhram river kiln sites while he was living in Nakhon Phanom, 1979-1983. Kilns and jars came to light when the river banks collapsed during the rainy season, so many jars were scattered in villages along the river. Big jars full of cremated bones were found in the fields. Villagers collected such jars and deposited them around the shrine for the village spirit (sanphutaa). Mr. Pisarn noticed many jars in the ruins of a very old temple along the river.


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