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Ceramics in Southeast Asia

Donated to the Sackler between 1996 and 2005 by brothers Osborne and Victor Hauge and their wives Gratia and Takako, the Hauge collection includes more than 800 vessels made in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, together with Chinese bowls and jars exported to Southeast Asia.

Pieces from the Hauge collection show the regional diversity of earthenware and stoneware production throughout time. The swirling designs of red-painted earthenware pots from prehistoric Thailand and the forms of glazed and unglazed stoneware jars from 17th- to 19th-century central Vietnam suggest the depth and diversity of the ceramic traditions. Spanning four millennia of invention and exchange, from the prehistoric period to the present, the objects were crafted for rituals, burials, domestic use and trade.

Approximately 200 diverse and visually striking ceramic vessels from the Hauge gift were on long-term view April 1, 2007 through November 27, 2011 in the exhibition "Taking Shape: Ceramics in Southeast Asia." The clay pots and jars form the most enduring record of human activity in this part of the world, during the prehistoric period to the present.

Ceramics in Southeast Asia View all 800 ceramics at Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia. Search by material, place, or time, or view essays and a bibliography of publications on historical ceramics in Southeast Asia by scholars around the world.
Asian Traditions in Clay Asian Traditions in Clay: The Hauge Gifts
Featuring extraordinary examples of ceramics from ancient Iran, medieval Cambodia, and the Islamic Near East, this Sackler Gallery publication by museum curators Louise Cort, Massumeh Farhad, and Ann Gunter documents recent gifts by the Hauge family.

How is a round-bottomed pot made? How is a jar fired? This short video shows potters making earthenware and stoneware in northeast Thailand.

Photography by Narasaki Shoichi and Leedom Lefferts. Edited by Sarah Sullivan.