Pot

  • Earthenware
  • 7 x 13.4 cm
  • 16th-17th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Ayutthaya province, Chao Phraya River network, Central Thailand
  • Provenance: Probably Ayutthaya, Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.378

Description

Band of cross-hatch texture paddle-impressed around body just below line of rim; rest of body and base smooth.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 28 July 2003) This type of shallow vessel with wide mouth and everted rim is known in present-day Thailand as a maw geng, or pot (maw) for preparing stew or soup (geng). It is also used for steeping herbal medicine (in which case it is referred to as maw tom yaa, pot to boil medicine), and it may be pressed into service as a burial container for cremated remains, in which case it is called maw kraduk (pot for bones) and would be wrapped in white cloth.

2. (Louise Cort, 20 January 2006) The shape, with large everted straight rim, suggests an origin in northern Thailand. Possibly Victor Hauge purchased it on a visit to Chiang Mai and environs.

3. (Louise Cort, 4 September 2006) A fragment of a wide-mouthed earthenware, with most of its neck and rim lost, and with cross-hatched paddle-impressed texture on the body, was recovered from the unexcavated shipwreck known as the Koh Kong wreck, off the southwest coast of Cambodia, of Koh Sdeck island, Kiri Sakor district, Koh Kong province. The wreck was identified in February 2006, and the recovery is being tracked by the National Museum. Images provided by Hab Touch, Deputy Director, show one red-slipped and two black earthenware kendi with elongated spouts (cf. S2005.339); brown-glazed jars of three sizes, also brown-glazed bottle, kendi, and vat, and unglazed mortar, from the Tao Maenam Noi kilns, Singburi province, Thailand; celadon bowls and a gourd-shaped bottle from the Si Satchanalai kilns; unglazed earthenware pots with complex paddle-impressed textures; an earthenware stove; an earthenware vessel coated with white slip, with painted red rings; and a Zhangzhou-ware dish with cobalt kylin design. Cumulatively these wares suggest a date in the 16th century, and they also suggest that the ship must have loaded at Ayutthaya and was heading along the coast to the east. According to Darryl Collins, the wood recovered is charred, suggesting that the ship sank after a fire. 

To Period added Ayutthaya period; to Date added 16th–17th century. To Origin and Provenance, added Probably Ayutthaya.


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