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

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  • Earthenware
  • 16.1 x 18.2 cm
  • 16th-17th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Chao Phraya River network, Central Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.382


Clay: orange buff earthenware.
Glaze: none.
Decoration: elaborate paddle-impressed decoration on shoulder: row of fulll-faced flowers above pendant leaves. Paddle-impressed lattice-like geometric decoration on body and base.

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 16th–18th century to 16th–mid 20th century.

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 this vessel was made at one of the Mon pottery-making villages in Pathum Thani province. It is a water container. The patterns were impressed with wooden paddles, called mai tii lai (Thai) or lert tak (Mon).

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