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Jar for drinking water
ca. 1882

Thongrochana Boonpoog , (Thai, 1832-1913)
Bangkok period

H: 22.1 W: 20.8 cm

Gift of Pisarn Boonpoog S1994.16a-c

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This jar was donated to the Sackler Gallery by Mr. Pisarn Boonpoog. Mr. Boonpoog is a member of a pottery-making family on the island of Ko Kret, on the left bank of the Chao Phraya River north of Bangkok. The potters of Ko Kret are ethnic Mon and came to Ko Kret at the invitation of King Taksin (r. 1767-1782) after the Mon capital was overrun by the Burmese. King Taksin granted plots of land to Mon all along the Chao Phraya from Ayutthaya to Bangkok; the Mon established a monopoly on the production and distribution (through a system of river boats also operated by Mon) of earthenware pottery in the region. Early twentieth century reports on ceramics in Thailand mention the ubiquitous red earthenware jars for collecting and storing rainwater. Ko Kret is the last of those communities to continue making pottery, and it supplies most of the flower pots, kitchen mortars, and cooking pots used in Bangkok. This jar was made by Mr. Pisarn's great-grandfather, Thongrochana Boonpoog (1832-1913) when he was around 50 years old (i.e., ca. 1882). It was presented to Wat Paramai Yutikawat, a royal monastery on Ko Kret founded by King Rama V. The jar was presented to a particular monk at the monastery. After the monk died, the jar was returned to the family.

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