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

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Jar with spout

  • Stoneware with iron glaze
  • 21.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Shiwan (Shekwan) ware
  • early 20th century, Qing dynasty or modern period
  • Origin: Shiwan (Shekwan) kilns, Foshan, Guangdong province, China
  • Provenance: Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.75

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 14 October 2004) Ea Darith, archaeologist with the APSARA Authority in Siem Reap, Cambodia, specializing in ceramics, noted that many jars like this were in use in Cambodia when he was growing up (he was born in 1973). They were cheap and available when containers were scarce, so were used for storing fish sauce (prahok), salt, sugar, and so forth.

To Context, added Thailand to Provenance; China, Guangdong province to Origin. The date for this bottle is probably twentieth century.

2. (Louise Cort, 30 May 2007) The Ninh Thuan Museum, Phan Rang, owns one spouted bottle of this type (h. 19 cm, diam. mouth 8 cm, diam. base 15 cm; no acc. no.). The rim is glazed, the glaze is duller (less hotly fired), and the unglazed base is slightly concave. The vessel is light in weight for its size.

3. (Louise Cort, 11 October 2014) Brown-glazed spouted jars of this type were on view in the Guangdong Shiwan Museum, among the commercial products of the Shiwan (Shekwan) kilns.

To origin added Foshan, Shiwan (Shekwan) kilns. Added Shiwan (Shekwan) ware.


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