Skip to content

Collection

All

Search

Asian art

View More:


Title

Wine jar


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Laos


Cultural origin

Khmer


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

158.2001



Place

Where the work was made
Laos

Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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

Dawn Rooney, Khmer Ceramics, Singapore, 1984.