Pot with overall paddle-impressed texture

  • Earthenware
  • 12.5 x 20.5 cm
  • 16th-17th century, Ayutthaya period
  • Origin: Chao Phraya River network, Central Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.404


Pot with three different paddle-impressed textures—on the neck, the body, and the base.
Clay: orange earthenware.
Glaze: none.
Decoration: none.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Candy Chan, Research Assistant, May 21, 2003) A similar pot of this type with long neck was recovered from a mid-16th century shipwreck, Ko Si Chang Three. This is the third wrecksite discovered near Ko Si Chang in the Gulf of Thailand. It carried material from Thailand, Vietnam and China. Stoneware storage jars were the main finds in this site. Green and Harper refer earthenware pots with pressed (paddled) decoration as rice pots and classify the finds in the Ko Si Chang Three into four groups: i) Large with long flared neck; ii) Medium and small-sized globular-shaped; iii) Medium and small-sized, square at shoulder; iv) Wide-mouthed. They were found on all shipwrecks along the Gulf of Thailand, possibly used by the crew for cooking. Pot of this type should belong to the group ii (Green et al 1987, 56–51). 

Green, Jeremy, Rosemary Harper, and Vidya Intakosi. 1987. The Ko Si Chang Three Shipwreck Excavation 1986. Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology Special Publication No. 4. Fremantle: Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology.

2. (Louise Cort, 16 February 2006) The paddle-impressed rhomboid pattern on the body of this jar recalls the similar pattern on S2004.123, a small vessel acquired by the Hauges in Saigon as "Oc Eo." Perhaps both were made by ethnic Khmer potters working in the Mekong Delta.

3. (J. Smith per Louise Cort, 6/13/2008) Secondary classification Vessel added.

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