Bottle (neck missing) with unrelated lid

Jar with two-color glaze (neck missing) and unrelated lid. Wheel-thrown from coil added to flat disk, as single continuous vessel. Flat base, wrinkled texture, slightly concave center; during firing base fractured into circular crack in center of base, four straight cracks radiating out to edge of base; light visible through hole when looking down through vessel. Ovoid vessel with widest diameter at high shoulder. Original shape of neck unknown.

(1) Vessel

Clay: stoneware, sandy, light gray clay, seemingly laminated with pale gray clay that serves as ground for ash glaze on neck (edge of lamination visible inside opening).

Decoration:
On base, trimmed rounded edge near bottom, diminishing steps on tapering wall, V-shaled bevel forming visual base of vessel proper (although interior is continuous). Incised double line on shoulder just above widest diameter. At base of (broken) neck, band of scalloped combing (made with four-toothed comb), small-scale, neat, pointing downward.

Glaze: On vessel, iron glaze, thin, opaque, lusterless blackish brown, running down to edge of base but wiped off along part of pedestal foot. On neck, ash glaze, translucent, lustrous, crackled pale green, edge touching tops of scalloped combing on one side, suggesting that vessel was dipped upside down into vat of ash glaze, but was not held exactly perpendicular. Almost no overlap of two glazes.

(2) Lid

Wheel-thrown off the hump (small round scar in center of base where finished form was cut off), with flat base, everted edge with upward flange enclosing flat, sunken top, from center of which rises narrow post supporting conical knob.

Stoneware, brownish gray where exposed, medium gray where visible in chips or beneath flaking glaze.

Bands of incised and stamped decoration on knob.

Iron glaze, medium brown and translucent where thin, darker where thick, on upper surface, irregularly overlapping everted edge.

Historical period(s)
Angkor period, 1177-1430
Medium
Stoneware with wood-ash and iron glazes
Dimensions
Diam (mouth): 7.5 cm (2 15/16 in)
Geography
Cambodia or Northeast Thailand
Credit Line
Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1996.119a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Jar

Keywords
Angkor period (802 - 1431), brown and black glaze, Cambodia, green glaze, Hauge collection, stoneware, Thailand, wood-ash glaze, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From circa 1970-72 to 1996
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Hauge [1]

From 1996
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge in 1996 [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file. Most likely acquired from a dealer in Ayutthaya or Bangkok, circa 1970-1972.

[2] Ownership of collected objects sometimes changed between the Hauge families.

Previous Owner(s)

Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge (1914-2004) and (died 2000)

Description

Jar with two-color glaze (neck missing) and unrelated lid. Wheel-thrown from coil added to flat disk, as single continuous vessel. Flat base, wrinkled texture, slightly concave center; during firing base fractured into circular crack in center of base, four straight cracks radiating out to edge of base; light visible through hole when looking down through vessel. Ovoid vessel with widest diameter at high shoulder. Original shape of neck unknown.

(1) Vessel

Clay: stoneware, sandy, light gray clay, seemingly laminated with pale gray clay that serves as ground for ash glaze on neck (edge of lamination visible inside opening).

Decoration:
On base, trimmed rounded edge near bottom, diminishing steps on tapering wall, V-shaled bevel forming visual base of vessel proper (although interior is continuous). Incised double line on shoulder just above widest diameter. At base of (broken) neck, band of scalloped combing (made with four-toothed comb), small-scale, neat, pointing downward.

Glaze: On vessel, iron glaze, thin, opaque, lusterless blackish brown, running down to edge of base but wiped off along part of pedestal foot. On neck, ash glaze, translucent, lustrous, crackled pale green, edge touching tops of scalloped combing on one side, suggesting that vessel was dipped upside down into vat of ash glaze, but was not held exactly perpendicular. Almost no overlap of two glazes.

(2) Lid

Wheel-thrown off the hump (small round scar in center of base where finished form was cut off), with flat base, everted edge with upward flange enclosing flat, sunken top, from center of which rises narrow post supporting conical knob.

Stoneware, brownish gray where exposed, medium gray where visible in chips or beneath flaking glaze.

Bands of incised and stamped decoration on knob.

Iron glaze, medium brown and translucent where thin, darker where thick, on upper surface, irregularly overlapping everted edge.

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton, Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 208-211.
Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia
Google Cultural Institute
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