Jar

  • Unglazed stoneware
  • 28.7 x 20.2 cm
  • Cizao-related ware
  • 16th-19th century, Ming or Qing dynasty
  • Origin: Fujian province, China or Southern Vietnam
  • Provenance: Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.52

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 2002) This jar was bought by Victor Hauge in Chiang Mai.

2. (Louise Cort, 30 June 2003) Tran Ky Phuong, independent researcher, Da Nang, said that this type of jar would have been used in Vietnam to make small amounts of fish sauce (nuoc mam). It would have been fitted with a dome-shaped lid covering the mouth. Scars from firing such a lid in place appear on the shoulders of the jar.

3. (Louise Cort, 11 October 2005) Comments from Morimoto Asako, archaeologist specializing in Chinese and Vietnamese ceramics recovered from sites in Hakata (Fukuoka), Short-term Visitor to study Hauge collection:

Very thick walls. Six stacking scars on the shoulder and stacking debris on the base indicate that the jar was part of a stack of objects in the kiln. Probably not Vietnamese but Chinese. The flat rim is like the Chinese jar S2005.53. The firing scars on the shoulder might be traces of clay wads used to support a lid during firing.

In her final assessment of vessels in the Hauge collection, Ms. Morimoto grouped S2005.52 and 53 as Cizao-related wares, with S2005.54 and 62 more tentatively related.

4. (Louise Cort, 17 October 2005) Changed Origin from Vietnam to China.

5. (Louise Cort, 28 May 2007) The ceramics storeroom of the Dong Nai Museum in Bien Hoa contains ceramics recovered within the province, primarily from the Dong Nai River, especially in the vicinity of Bien Hoa. A jar of this type is in the collection. The possibility remains that this jar was made by Chinese or Chinese-descended potters working in the potteries in the Bien Hoa area.

Changed Origin from China to China or Southern Vietnam.

6. (Louise Cort, 31 May 2017) The Hauge collection remaining with the family includes five or six jars of this general type--suggesting a relatively recent date.

Stephen Eckert, former Freer|Sackler Education Department staff who has spent many years in Nepal, owned a jar of this type obtained there.


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