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

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  • Unglazed stoneware
  • 18.1 x 17.4 cm
  • 16th century, Ming dynasty
  • Origin: Fujian province or Guangdong province, China
  • Provenance: Chiang Mai province, Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.46

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, July 30, 2002) Victor Hauge told me that he bought this jar in Chiang Mai (or possibly in a village nearby).

2. (Louise Cort, 20 January 2006) The everted rim, thin body (probably thrown rather than coiled-and-thrown) and flat base suggest an association with southern China.

The form is quite close to that of Thai jars from the Maenam Noi kilns, of the type that Mukai dates, on the basis of archaeological excavations, to the second half of the 16th century (Mukai 2003, 100–101, figs. 19–2, 20–2), although Maenam Noi jars are usually glazed and bear lugs. It is quite possible that potters at the Maenam Noi kilns, so closely associated with the international port of Ayutthaya, were using Ming vessels as models.

Mukai Kou. 2003. "Tai kokkatsuyū shijiko no bunrui to nendai (The Study on Brown Glazed Storage Jars, exported from Thailand)." Bōeki Tōji Kenkyū (Trade Ceramics Studies) 23: 90–105 (Japanese), 161 (English summary).

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