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At A Glance

  • Period

    14th-mid 15th century
  • Geography

    Ban Bang Pun kilns, Suphanburi province, Thailand
  • Material

    Unglazed stoneware
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 71.1 x 62.2 x 62.2 cm (28 x 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Storage jar.
    Clay: gray (reduction-fired) stoneware, stained irregularly.
    Glaze: none.
    Decoration: on the shoulder, four small knobs (damaged) spaced equidistantly below the edge of the rim; two wide bands of stamped decoration, repeating the same leaf-shaped design (sema or bodhi leaf, positioned with point downward; two narrow bands of "jabbed" pattern made with a comb-like tool held on the diagonal, one immediately next to the neck, the other below the lower wide band of stamped decor; string lines in clusters of two or more separating the panels and defining the lower edge of shoulder decoration.
  • Provenance

    From the early 1960s
    Unidentified American couple, Burma and Thailand, purchased from a reputable dealer in Bangkok in the early 1960s [1]
    To ca. 1991 or earlier
    Heirs of the unidentified American couple, to ca. 1991 or earlier [2]
    From at least 1991
    Kitty Higgins, Far Eastern Art, Inc., Trocadero, Washington, DC, purchased from the heirs of the unidentified American couple, prior to or ca. 1991 [3]
    Mrs. Maureen R. Jacoby (died 2002), Washington, DC, acquired by exchange from Trocadero in 1992 [4]
    From 1992
    Freer Gallery of Art, given by Mrs. Maureen R. Jacoby in 1992
    [1] According to letter from Kitty Higgins, Trocadero, May 1, 1992, in the object file: "The jar was purchased in Bangkok in the early 1960s by an American couple who lived in Burma and Thailand in the 1950s through part of the 1960s.
    The jar was purchased from one of the reputable dealers in Bangkok."
    [2] According to telephone conversation between Kitty Higgins and Louise Cort, circa spring 1992, the object went into storage after the American couple's deaths (see also, Louise Cort's undated memo in the object file).
    [3] In 1991 the object was viewed at Trocadero by Louise Cort (see Louise Cort's undated memo in the object file).
    [4] In 1991 Louise Cort had identified the object as of interest for the Freer collection (see Louise Cort's undated memo in the object file). Mrs. Maureen Jacoby acquired the object in exchange for partial proceeds from the sale of certain ceramics from the collection of her late husband (Mr. Rolf R. Jacoby, died 1989), which, at the request of the Freer Gallery, were placed at Trocadero for sale (according to a memo from Louise Cort to Milo Beach and Beth Duley, dated May 22, 1992, in the object file).
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Storage Jars of Asia (October 29, 2000 to March 10, 2002)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Trocadéro, Kenny & Higgins Asian Art, Inc.
    Mrs. Maureen R. Jacoby (1927– 2002)
  • Origin

    Ban Bang Pun kilns, Suphanburi province, Thailand
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Maureen R. Jacoby in memory of Rolf Jacoby
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