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Jar with incised and applied decoration

Historical period(s)
Ayutthaya period, 14th-15th century
Unglazed stoneware
Sukhothai or Phitsanulok ware
H x W x D: 38.7 x 29.2 x 29.2 cm (15 1/4 x 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 in)
Thailand, Sukhothai or Phitsanulok province, Sukhothai or Phitsanulok, Sukhothai kilns or Ban Tao Hai kilns
Credit Line
Purchase — funds provided by Diana Sinkler Clagett, Ellen Walton, Karol K. Rodriguez, Donna L. Collins, and the Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
1. (Louise A. Cort, 9 March 1995) A voluptuous form, with trumpet mouth, swelling body, and a broad foot counterbalancing the constricted neck and base. Jewelry-like swags and rosettes made from thin clay coils appliqued over incised and impressed bands at shoulder and lower neck. The grainy, unglazed stoneware clay is gray.
Thin clay threads pressed onto this unglazed jar produced a style of relief decoration that also appears in other media in the Ayutthaya period, including bronze images of the crowned Buddha, metal vessels, and lacquered court hats. Whereas museums and collectors acknowledge the importance of unglazed stoneware in Japan, the strong tradition of unglazed stoneware in mainland Southeast Asia has been obscured by a focus on glazed and decorated export wares.

Early 1960s
Excavated in situ Bananan, Barangay San Isidro, Puerto Galera municipality, Oriental Mindoro province, Philippines, in the early 1960s [1]

Early 1960s
Mr. And Mrs. Napoleon Jamir, purchased in Manila in the early 1960s [2]

Early 1960s
Mr. Arturo de Santos, purchased from Mrs. Napoleon Jamir, the Philippines, in the early 1960s [3]

To about 1995
Venecio Magbuhos (V.M. Antiques), Ermita, Manila, purchased from Mr. Arturo de Santos, to about 1995 [4]

About 1995
John Forbes, Silver Spring, Maryland, purchased from Venecio Magbuhos, about 1995 [5]

From 1995
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from John Forbes in 1995


[1] According to a letter from John Forbes to Louise Cort, September 20, 1994 (see Curatorial Note 11 in the object record).

[2] Napoleon Jamir's wife, whose name is unknown, collected ceramics and operated an antique shop (see Curatorial Note 11 in the object record).

[3] According to Curatorial Note 11 in the object record.

[4] See note 3.

[5] See note 3.

Former owner
Mr. and Mrs. Napoleon Jamir
Arturo de Santos
Venecio Magbuhos
John Forbes
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
Ayutthaya period (1351 - 1767), Phitsanulok ware, stoneware, Sukhothai 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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