Figure of six ducks

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    14th-16th century
  • Geography

    Ban Ko Noi kilns, Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Material

    Stoneware with iron glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 3.3 x 6 x 6 cm (1 5/16 x 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Figurine which consists of a grouping of six hand-modelled waterfowl on a 1 cm-thick clay disk. Five of the figures appear to be ducklings. These are grouped around and are facing the sixth duck in a "hub and spokes" pattern. The sixth figure is somewhat taller and larger and is presumably the "mother." Three of the smaller ducks have their heads touching that of the center figure, while one rests its beak on its mother's tail. The piece is complete except for a chip which has removed half of the head of one duckling.
    Clay: moderately fine, reddish-tan stoneware.
    Glaze: An iron-brown glaze was applied to the ducks but not to the supporting disk on which they sit.
    Decoration: none.
  • Provenance

    To 1956
    Charles Nelson Spinks (1906-1980), collected in Ban Ko Noi kilns, Si Satchanalai (Sawankhalok), Thailand. [1]
    From 1956
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Nelson Spinks. [2]
    [1] See Study Collection catalogue card, Collections Management Office.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Study Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Charles Nelson Spinks (1906-1980)
  • Origin

    Ban Ko Noi kilns, Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Nelson Spinks
  • Type

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