Fragment of base of a celadon-glazed stoneware jar or dish

Shape: Shard consists of approximately half of the base of a celadon-glazed white stoneware jar or, less likely, dish. The presumption that the shard was originally the base of a jar is based on the fact that there is no footring, with the base showing only a slight concavity. The shard thickness varies between 1.4 and 1.8 cm.

Clay: Fine, light-gray stoneware with fine dark inclusions and many air pockets, some of them quite large. The clay body is beige in the center and on the exposed bottom. The slightly concave bottom shows drag marks and rings from the final carving of the base.

Glaze: The bubbly, pale-green glaze shows a broad crackle pattern. The glaze is a substantially darker, almost emerald color where it has pooled in the center of the base. Where it is thinly applied, especially on the outside of the shard, the glaze is almost clear, contributing only a slight greenish tint to the underlying light-gray stoneware body.

Decoration: None.

Marks: None.

Historical period(s)
Angkor period, 1100-1250
Medium
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Style
Ban Kruat ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 2.2 x 10.5 x 6.5 cm (7/8 x 4 1/8 x 2 9/16 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-451
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Dish or jar (fragment)

Keywords
Angkor period (802 - 1431), Ban Kruat ware, China, green glaze, stoneware
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 celadon-glazed white stoneware jar or, less likely, dish. The presumption that the shard was originally the base of a jar is based on the fact that there is no footring, with the base showing only a slight concavity. The shard thickness varies between 1.4 and 1.8 cm.

Clay: Fine, light-gray stoneware with fine dark inclusions and many air pockets, some of them quite large. The clay body is beige in the center and on the exposed bottom. The slightly concave bottom shows drag marks and rings from the final carving of the base.

Glaze: The bubbly, pale-green glaze shows a broad crackle pattern. The glaze is a substantially darker, almost emerald color where it has pooled in the center of the base. Where it is thinly applied, especially on the outside of the shard, the glaze is almost clear, contributing only a slight greenish tint to the underlying light-gray stoneware body.

Decoration: None.

Marks: None.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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