Fragment of base and interior of a medium-sized dish

Shape: Fragment of the base of a dish of moderate size. The footring is carved and quite shallow. Thickness of the fragment varies from 0.5 to 1.2 cm.
Clay: The body of the dish was a relatively fine gray-colored clay having few inclusions.
Glaze: The exterior wall of the shard shows only vestigial traces of glaze. The inside of the dish fragment is covered with a thick, highly crackled celadon which is bright green where it pools in the incised decoration.
Decoration: The decoration consists of incised circles, apparently made with a sharp stylus held stationary while the dish turned on the wheel, with roughly triangular fishscale-like markings between the circles made by poking or impressing the clay body with a wedge-shaped tool. There were at least three rings of such decoration around the mirror and extending up the cavetto.
Marks: None.

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Historical period(s)
Lan Na period, 14th-16th century
Medium
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Style
San Kamphaeng ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 2.7 x 9.5 x 6.4 cm (1 1/16 x 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 in)
Geography
Thailand, Chiang Mai, San Kamphaeng
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Nelson Spinks
Collection
Freer Study Collection
Accession Number
FSC-P-414
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Dish (fragment)

Keywords
Lan Na period (1251 - 1774), San Kamphaeng ware, stoneware, Thailand
Provenance

To 1956
Charles Nelson Spinks (1906-1980), collected in San Kamphaeng, Thailand. [1]

From 1956
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Nelson Spinks. [2]

Notes:

[1] See Study Collection catalogue card, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Charles Nelson Spinks 1906-1980

Description

Shape: Fragment of the base of a dish of moderate size. The footring is carved and quite shallow. Thickness of the fragment varies from 0.5 to 1.2 cm.
Clay: The body of the dish was a relatively fine gray-colored clay having few inclusions.
Glaze: The exterior wall of the shard shows only vestigial traces of glaze. The inside of the dish fragment is covered with a thick, highly crackled celadon which is bright green where it pools in the incised decoration.
Decoration: The decoration consists of incised circles, apparently made with a sharp stylus held stationary while the dish turned on the wheel, with roughly triangular fishscale-like markings between the circles made by poking or impressing the clay body with a wedge-shaped tool. There were at least three rings of such decoration around the mirror and extending up the cavetto.
Marks: None.

Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
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