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Historical period(s)
Ayutthaya period, 14th-mid 15th century
Unglazed stoneware
Ban Bang Pun ware
H x W x D: 71.1 x 62.2 x 62.2 cm (28 x 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 in)
Thailand, Suphanburi province, Ban Bang Pun kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Maureen R. Jacoby in memory of Rolf Jacoby
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Storage jar.
Clay: gray (reduction-fired) stoneware, stained irregularly.
Glaze: none.
Decoration: on the shoulder, four small knobs (damaged) spaced equidistantly below the edge of the rim; two wide bands of stamped decoration, repeating the same leaf-shaped design (sema or bodhi leaf, positioned with point downward; two narrow bands of "jabbed" pattern made with a comb-like tool held on the diagonal, one immediately next to the neck, the other below the lower wide band of stamped decor; string lines in clusters of two or more separating the panels and defining the lower edge of shoulder decoration.

From the early 1960s
Unidentified American couple, Burma and Thailand, purchased from a reputable dealer in Bangkok in the early 1960s [1]

To ca. 1991 or earlier
Heirs of the unidentified American couple, to ca. 1991 or earlier [2]

From at least 1991
Kitty Higgins, Far Eastern Art, Inc., Trocadero, Washington, D.C., purchased from the heirs of the unidentified American couple, prior to or ca. 1991 [3]

Mrs. Maureen R. Jacoby (died 2002), Washington, D.C., acquired by exchange from Trocadero in 1992 [4]

From 1992
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Mrs. Maureen R. Jacoby in 1992


[1] According to letter from Kitty Higgins, Trocadero, May 1, 1992, in the object file: "The jar was purchased in Bangkok in the early 1960s by an American couple who lived in Burma and Thailand in the 1950s through part of the 1960s. The jar was purchased from one of the reputable dealers in Bangkok."

[2] According to telephone conversation between Kitty Higgins and Louise Cort, circa spring 1992, the object went into storage after the American couple's deaths (see also, Louise Cort's undated memo in the object file).

[3] In 1991 the object was viewed at Trocadero by Louise Cort (see Louise Cort's undated memo in the object file).

[4] In 1991 Louise Cort had identified the object as of interest for the Freer collection (see Louise Cort's undated memo in the object file). Mrs. Maureen Jacoby acquired the object in exchange for partial proceeds from the sale of certain ceramics from the collection of her late husband (Mr. Rolf R. Jacoby, died 1989), which, at the request of the Freer Gallery, were placed at Trocadero for sale (according to a memo from Louise Cort to Milo Beach and Beth Duley, dated May 22, 1992, in the object file).

Former owner
Trocadéro, Kenny & Higgins Asian Art, Inc.
Mrs. Maureen R. Jacoby (died 2002)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
Ayutthaya period (1351 - 1767), stoneware, Suphanburi ware, Thailand, WWII-era provenance
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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