Jar for drinking water

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1882
  • Geography

    Ko Kret kilns, Nonthaburi province, Chao Phraya River network, Thailand
  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x Diam (assembled): 71.8 x 37 cm (28 1/4 x 14 9/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Thongrochana Boonpoog (1832-1913)
  • Provenance

    ca. 1882
    Object made by Thongrochana Boonpoog (1832-1913) in Thailand [1]
    Maybe ca. 1882-?
    Wat Paramai Yutikawat, Ko Kret, Thailand, a gift from a member of the Boonpoog family, maybe from Thongrochana Boonpoog [2]
    Unknown monk at Wat Paramai Yutikawat, gift from Wat Paramai Yutikawat [2]
    The Boonpoog family, gift from Wat Paramai Yutikawat following the death of the unknown monk [3]
    Mr. Pisarn Boonpoog, by inheritance through the Boonpoog family [4]
    From 1994
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Mr. Pisarn Boonpoog [5]
    [1] See memo from Louise Cort to Milo Beach and Tom Lentz with the subject “Proposed gift of Mon earthenware water jar to AMSG [Arthur M. Sackler Gallery],” July 11, 1994, copy in object file. The memo states: “This jar was made by Mr. Pisarn [Boonpoog]'s great-grandfather, Thongrochana Boonpoog (1832--1913) when he was around fifty years old (i.e., circa 1882). It was presented to Wat Paramai, a royal monastery on Kohkred founded by King Rama V. In turn, the monastery presented the jar to a specific monk; after the monk died, the jar was returned to the Boonpoog family.”
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See note 1.
    [4] See note 1. The memo states: “The jar that Mr. Pisarn offers to the AMSG [Arthur M. Sackler Gallery] was brought to the U.S. for display at the 1994 Festival of American Folklife, where Mr. Pisarn and another Kohkred potter demonstrated the Kohkred techniques of making ornamented red earthenware water jars. This jar is one of two old pieces brought for display; the other was given to the Thai princess who currently resides in Washington.”
    Mr. Pisarn Boonpoog was the great-grandson of the artist of this jar. Trained as a potter but a lawyer by profession, Mr. Pisarn Boonpoog has worked to preserve the culture of the Ko Kret potters and has served as a local historian and director of the Ancient Mon Pottery and Mon Cultural Center on Ko Kret. For more information on the production of Ko Kret pottery see: Louise Allison Cort, H. Leedom Lefferts Jr., and Narasaki Shoichi, “A Regional Survey of Present-day Earthenware and Stoneware Production in mainland Southeast Asia,” Seto City Archaeology Center (Seto-shi Maizo Bunkazai Sentaa), Research Report No. 8 (2000), pp. 105-192.
    [5] See note 1.
    Research Completed October 31, 2022
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Ceramics from Thailand (July 1, 2013 to March 2, 2014)
    Taking Shape: Ceramics in Southeast Asia (April 1, 2007 to December 4, 2011)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Thongrochana Boonpoog (1832-1913)
    Boonpoong family
    Wat Paramai Yutikawat
    Pisarn Boonpoog
  • Origin

    Ko Kret kilns, Nonthaburi province, Chao Phraya River network, Thailand
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Pisarn Boonpoog
  • Type

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