Fragment of the shoulder of a large storage jar with incised decor

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Cambodia or Northeast Thailand
  • Material

    Stoneware with iron glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 2.8 x 16 x 13.1 cm (1 1/8 x 6 5/16 x 5 3/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Shape: Fragment of the shoulder of a large iron-brown Khmer storage jar. The shard is uniformly 1.6 cm thick.
    Clay: Coarse, buff-colored stoneware with many inclusions, two of which are relatively large pebbles. The body is distinctly pinker on the unglazed inner surface and brick-red where it has burned through the glaze on the outside.
    Glaze: The thick, lustrous iron-brown glaze is black where it has pooled above the horizontal rings and in the grooves of the incised design. The glaze adheres well and is uncrackled. Coverage is uneven, however, with large patches of body having burned through the glaze.
    Decoration: There is a 1.0-cm wide raised ring at the bottom of the shard and incised vegetal designs higher up on this shoulder fragment.
    Marks: "Angkor Thom Pool" is written in pencil on the inner surface of the shard.
  • Marks

    "Angkor Thom Pool" is written in pencil on the inner surface of the shard.
  • Provenance

    To 1957
    John A. Pope (1906-1982), Washington DC, collected between August 1956 and April 1957 in Angkor, Cambodia. [1]
    From 1957
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of John A. Pope, Washington DC [2]
    [1] See Curatorial Remark 3 in the object record. See also “Ceramics in Mainland and Southeast Asia: Collections in the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery”, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.
    [2] See note 1. See also object file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    Freer Study Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Dr. John Alexander Pope (1906-1982)
  • Origin

    Cambodia or Northeast Thailand
  • Credit Line

    Gift of John A. Pope
  • Type

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