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Wine jar
Place of origin
Cultural origin
12th century-13th century
Media category
Materials used
stoneware with dark brown-black glaze

15.4 cm diam. of rim; 64.5 x 46.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2001
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (3)

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.

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