Fragment of base of a white stoneware bowl

Shape: Shard consists of approximately half of the base of a white-bodied bowl. The footring is very low, extending only about 0.4 cm below the base of the bowl on the inside of the footring. Exterior height of the footring is 0.9 cm. Outside diameter of the footring is estimated to have been about 10.0 cm. The base of the footring itself is very wide, approximately 1.9 cm, and extremely well-carved.

Clay: Fine, very white, almost porcelaneous stoneware. There are moderate fine inclusions and virtually no air pockets. The unglazed portions of the footring have oxidized orange-red where they were exposed to the kiln atmosphere.

Glaze: The finely crackled clear glaze has a slight seawater-green tinge to it. The glaze is marred in the mirror of the bowl where it appears that clay spacer-balls were placed to enable stacking of a pile of bowls for firing. There are corresponding marks on the base of the footring where the present bowl was placed on clay balls to raise it above the bowl below. It appears that a slip was applied to the bottom of the footring before the clay spacer was attached, presumably to ensure that the spacer could be removed cleanly after firing.

Decoration: None.

Marks: None.

Historical period(s)
Angkor period, 1100-1250
Medium
Glazed stoneware Wheel-thrown
Dimensions
H x W x D: 1.4 x 9.2 x 3.4 cm (9/16 x 3 5/8 x 1 5/16 in)
Geography
Northeast Thailand, Buriram province, Ban Kruat district, Ban Kruat kilns
Credit Line
Gift of John A. Pope
Collection
Freer Study Collection
Accession Number
FSC-P-448
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Bowl (fragment)

Keywords
Angkor period (802 - 1431), stoneware, Thailand
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]

Notes:

[1] See Curatorial Remark 2 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.

Previous Owner(s)

Dr. John Alexander Pope 1906-1982

Description

Shape: Shard consists of approximately half of the base of a white-bodied bowl. The footring is very low, extending only about 0.4 cm below the base of the bowl on the inside of the footring. Exterior height of the footring is 0.9 cm. Outside diameter of the footring is estimated to have been about 10.0 cm. The base of the footring itself is very wide, approximately 1.9 cm, and extremely well-carved.

Clay: Fine, very white, almost porcelaneous stoneware. There are moderate fine inclusions and virtually no air pockets. The unglazed portions of the footring have oxidized orange-red where they were exposed to the kiln atmosphere.

Glaze: The finely crackled clear glaze has a slight seawater-green tinge to it. The glaze is marred in the mirror of the bowl where it appears that clay spacer-balls were placed to enable stacking of a pile of bowls for firing. There are corresponding marks on the base of the footring where the present bowl was placed on clay balls to raise it above the bowl below. It appears that a slip was applied to the bottom of the footring before the clay spacer was attached, presumably to ensure that the spacer could be removed cleanly after firing.

Decoration: None.

Marks: None.

Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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