Fragment from base of bowl

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    14th-16th century
  • Geography

    Ban Pa Yang kilns, Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Material

    Stoneware with iron pigment under celadon glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 2 x 9 x 9 cm (13/16 x 3 9/16 x 3 9/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Shape: This shard consists of the footring and mirror of a bowl. Wheel-thrown.
    Clay: The stoneware body is gray internally and has burned red where it was exposed to the kiln atmosphere. The bottom of the base has a scar of a tubular firing support. The gray stoneware body is very fine-grained with a low proportion of fine black inclusions. One fracture line reveals a large air pocket which may have caused the body to break. Other, smaller air pockets are also observed.
    Glaze: Pale celadon glaze over underglaze iron-black decoration.
    Decoration: The underglaze decoration of the bowl is painted on a light gray slip and is of a conch shell overlaid on a background of cross-hatched lines surrounded by concentric circles. These circles appear to have been painted by moving a semi-stationary brush outward while the bowl revolved on the wheel. The conch shell against a cross-hatched background motif appears to have been modelled on Chinese prototypes. The outside of the footring also has an iron-black ring painted around it and is only partially covered by the pale celadon glaze. The combination of the gray slip and an almost clear celadon glaze produced a black-on-gray color scheme for the finished bowl.
  • Provenance

    To 1956
    Charles Nelson Spinks (1906-1980), collected in Ban Pa Yang 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 Pa Yang kilns, Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai province, Thailand
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Nelson Spinks
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