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Title

Wine jar


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

Jars like this were used in Laos at festivals or celebratory events, such as the rice festival. Celebrants sat around the jar drinking a sweet, spicy rice wine (ruon) through curved reeds (can). The jar is typical of a type of large ceramic wine or storage vessel produced in the so-called Angkorean region of Southeast Asia, which at its zenith extended from Cambodia to southern Laos and across to northeastern Thailand. Since such vessels were produced for domestic use and not as articles of trade, they are rarely found outside Southeast Asia. Characteristically, they were heavily potted with a tall oval body, sloping shoulders decorated with pinched lugs and a narrow mouth.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2003


Details


Place where the work was made

Laos


Cultural origin

Khmer


Date

12th century-13th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

stoneware with dark brown-black glaze


Dimensions

15.4 cm diam. of rim; 64.5 x 46.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2001


Location

Not on display


Accession number

157.2001



Place

Where the work was made
Laos

Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Roxanna M Brown, The ceramics of South-East Asia: Their dating and identification, Malaysia, 1977.

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Laos', Sydney, 2003, 306 (colour illus.).

Dawn Rooney, Khmer Ceramics, Singapore, 1984.