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Title

Storage pot


Artist

Ban Chiang ware

Thailand


About

Used as grave goods, Ban Chiang ceramics were discovered in burials along with bronze and iron artefacts and personal adornments such as glass beads. Through what now appears to have been erroneous dating methods, the Ban Chiang bronzes and ceramics were dated to 3600 BCE. This would have meant that bronze technology, and hence civilization, began in Thailand and not in Western Asia as previously thought. Widely publicised in 'Time' magazine in 1976, the pots gained instant fame as proof of the earliest civilization in the world. However, subsequent testing has given an average date of the 2nd century BCE. Similar dates have been given to stylistically related artefacts found at Cambodian and Vietnamese (Dong Son) sites, re-iterating the inter-connectedness of early settlements in mainland Southeast Asia. The black wares are an exception: thermoluminescence testing indicates they are much older, dating to around 1500 BCE.

'Ban Chiang ware', The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.323.


Details


Place where the work was made

Udon Thani Province North East Thailand Thailand


Date

200 BCE-200 CE


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

earthenware with red painted decoration


Dimensions

25.5 x 28.0 cm


Credit

Purchased 1974


Location

Not on display


Accession number

147.1974


Artist information

Ban Chiang ware

Works in the collection

16


Place

Where the work was made
Udon Thani Province

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


  • Oriental ceramics (1974), David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, Sydney, 27 Jul 1974–10 Aug 1974

  • unknown, David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, Sydney, 29 Jul 1974–10 Aug 1974


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Robert Haines (Director), Oriental Ceramics, Sydney, Jul 1974. Cat 6

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 323 (colour illus.).