Ewer in form of a goose with spout

Small ewer in shape of a goose (hamsa) with tail-shaped handle, bird-head spout, elongated neck with wide rim, carved foot
CLAY: reddish brown
GLAZE: green glaze with granular white occlusions, shinier on one side of bird than the other, probably underfired; glaze collecting in thick drops at foot; interior and base unglazed
DECORATION: incised detailing on head, wings, and tail; eyes added as relief modeling
MARK: none
CONDITION: broken beak/spout repaired with silvery metal

Historical period(s)
Ayutthaya period, late 15th-mid 16th century
Medium
Stoneware with celadon glaze; metal repair
Style
Sawankhalok ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 9 x 7.2 x 10.9 cm (3 9/16 x 2 13/16 x 4 5/16 in)
Geography
Thailand, Sukhothai province, Si Satchanalai
Credit Line
Gift of Dean Frasché
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1989.54
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Ewer

Keywords
Ayutthaya period (1351 - 1767), goose, Sawankhalok ware, stoneware, Thailand, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From 1957
Dean Frasché, collected in 1957 from Sawankhalok, Thailand. [1]

To 1989
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Dean Frasché, Greenwich, Connecticut. [2]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 5 in the object record.

[2] See note 1. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Dean Frasché 1906-1994

Description

Small ewer in shape of a goose (hamsa) with tail-shaped handle, bird-head spout, elongated neck with wide rim, carved foot
CLAY: reddish brown
GLAZE: green glaze with granular white occlusions, shinier on one side of bird than the other, probably underfired; glaze collecting in thick drops at foot; interior and base unglazed
DECORATION: incised detailing on head, wings, and tail; eyes added as relief modeling
MARK: none
CONDITION: broken beak/spout repaired with silvery metal

Published References
  • Charles Nelson Spinks. The Ceramic Wares of Siam., 2nd revised edition. Bangkok. .
Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia
Google Cultural Institute
F|S Southeast Asia
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