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