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profile and lid: Bottle with two vertical ring handles and lid profile with lid: Bottle with two vertical ring handles and lid base: Bottle with two vertical ring handles and lid

Bottle with two vertical ring handles and lid

Historical period(s)
Ayutthaya period, 15th-16th century
Stoneware with iron glaze; Japanese wooden stopper
Sawankhalok ware
H x W: 6.9 x 4.9 cm (2 11/16 x 1 15/16 in)
Thailand, Sukhothai province, Si Satchanalai, Ban Ko Noi kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Clay: light brown stoneware.
Glaze: uneven glossy brown; most of lower half of body unglazed and darkened with an iron wash.
Small bottles of this shape were a common product of the Si Satchanalai kilns and probably were intended for holding medicines or precious oils. This bottle, exported to Japan soon after it was made, was used to hold candy pellets served in the tea ceremony. Such bottles were included in sets of miniaturized utensils for preparing tea that would be taken on outings to view cherry blossoms or maple leaves.

To 1901
Japanese Trading Company, New York to 1901 [1]

From 1901 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Japanese Trading Company in 1901 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 969, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Former owner
Japanese Trading Company (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
Ayutthaya period (1351 - 1767), Sawankhalok ware, stoneware, Thailand
Collection(s) Area
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resource(s)
Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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