Steamer with paddle-impressed texture

  • Earthenware
  • 16.8 x 18.4 cm
  • 16th-17th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Chao Phraya River network, Central Thailand
  • Provenance: Ayutthaya, Central Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.392


Steamer of compressed globular form with round bottom and long flaring neck.
Clay: red earthenware.
Glaze: none.
Decoration: paddle-impressed narrow band of decoration around neck; paddle-impressed geometric decoration on body and base.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 17 July 2002) This jar was collected with lid S2005.408, but the two clearly do not belong together. In modern Thai and Lao earthenware repertories, this sort of earthenware vessel with trumpet-shaped neck is used for steaming sticky rice in a bamboo basket steamer or for reeling silk, with a wooden frame attached to the rim.

2. (George Williams, research assistant, 30 January 2007) In anticipation of the upcoming exhibition, Taking Shape, and to reflect current understanding, changed Date from mid 16th–18th century to 16th–mid 20th century.

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