Tubular firing support

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    15th-16th century
  • Geography

    Wang Nua kilns, Lampang province, Northern Thailand
  • Material

    Stoneware with fly-ash glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam (overall): 19.2 x 8.9 cm (7 9/16 x 3 1/2 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Tubular firing support with cylindrical body tapered towards the mouth and a flat base.
    Clay: coarse greyish buff stoneware.
    Glaze: flying ash glaze and coarse sand on the exterior.
    Decoration: none.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Sarah M. Bekker (1923-2013)
    Victor and Takako Hauge ((1919-2013) and (1923-2015))
  • Provenance

    Dr. Sarah M. Bekker (1923-2013), method of acquisition unknown [1]
    Mr. and Mrs. Victor (1919-2013) and Takako Hauge (1923-2015), probably gift from Dr. Sara M. Bekker [2]
    From 2005
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge [3]
    [1] The blue embossing tape on the base of this object indicates that this object was previously in the collection of Dr. Sarah M. Bekker, who lived in Thailand in the 1960s. She might have collected it from the Wang Nua kiln site.
    Bekker gave the Hauges’ a number of sherds from her collection. See notes by Louise Cort, “Information transcribed from notes taken during visits to the home of Victor and Taka Hauge […] and the adjacent ‘Southeast Asia House,’ 1 June 2001. Conversation with Osborne (Bud) Hauge and with Victor and Taka Hauge,” dated 2001-2013, p. 7, copy in object file.
    Dr. Sarah M. Bekker was a noted scholar, author, and lecturer on Asian art, with special interests in Thai art and the peoples and art of Burma. Along with her husband, Konrad Bekker, an Economics Officer with the U.S. Department of State, she lived in India, Burma, and Thailand, and the couple was able to pursue their shared interest in the arts. In 1964, Dr. Bekker received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the George Washington University, on a topic relating to Burmese concepts of duty, obligation, and "face." Her professional work included scholarly articles, book reviews, and slide lectures and presentations at Asian art focused organizations throughout the US and abroad. The Bekkers' collection of Burmese art forms the core of the Burmese art collection at the Center for Burma Studies, Northern Illinois University. Other gifts reside in the Denison Museum at Ohio’s Denison University and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
    The Hauge family began collecting Asian paintings, sculpture, and ceramics in the late 1940s and would amass a large collection in the post-World War II years.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] Ownership of collected objects sometimes changed between the Hauge families. See Deed of Gift, dated October 16, 2005, copy in object file.
    Research updated December 15, 2022
  • Origin

    Wang Nua kilns, Lampang province, Northern Thailand
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • Type

    Tool and Equipment
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