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Collection

An image of Wine jar by

Laos

Title
Wine jar
Place of origin
Laos
Cultural origin
Khmer
Year
12th century-13th century
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
stoneware with greenish-brown glaze
Dimensions

17.7 cm diam. of rim; 61.0 x 44.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2001
Accession number
158.2001
Location
Not on display
Further information

This large wine jar is a typical example of a type of ceramic storage vessel produced in the Angkorean region of Southeast Asia, which at its zenith extended from Cambodia to Southern Laos and across to North-Eastern Thailand. Generally, such vessels were produced for domestic use and not as articles of trade.

These types of jars seem to have been commonly used for fermenting and storing wine or other spirits. Indeed, a bas-relief on the walls of the Khmer temple of the Bayon depicts men drinking from a jar not unlike this one. The relief indicates that on festive occasions or celebrations, a village or community would gather to drink from these types of jars using bamboo or reed straws.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2001.

Bibliography (2)

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

Dawn Rooney, Khmer Ceramics, Singapore, 1984.