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Collection

An image of Vase by

Cambodia

Title
Vase
Other titles:
Bottle
Place of origin
Cambodia
Cultural origin
Khmer
Period
Angkor period 802 - 1431 → Cambodia
Year
12th century
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
stoneware with brown glaze
Dimensions

35.0 cm

Credit
Purchased 1981
Accession number
254.1981
Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

Khmer ceramics are unique in the Asian ceramic tradition and reflect an indigenous culture free of other influences. Unlike other Southeast Asian ceramics, the Khmer products were made solely for local use and not for export. Fundamentally a peasant pottery, the wares were not used by the wealthy due to the fierce competition offered by the technically superior, imported Chinese celadons and porcelains. Many of the pieces have a sculptural presence and serenity comparable to Khmer sculpture. This vase would have been a temple fitting, used for holding lotus blossoms in Buddhist ceremonies.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.316.

Bibliography (1)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 316 (colour illus.).