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An image of Bottle with anthropomorphic shape by
Alternate image of Bottle with anthropomorphic shape by

Cambodia

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

26.0 cm

Credit
Gift of Mr F. Storch 1981
Accession number
314.1981
Location
Not on display
Further information

The iconography of this rare covered jar may refer to a meditating sage, or 'rishi', one of the wandering ascetics associated with Hinduism and distinguished by their beards. The form may be that of a mountain, abstracted and translated into the Khmer ceramic idiom. Since mountains were considered the abode of the gods and a place of retreat, they were favourite haunts of ascetics. It is unclear whether this vessel had a specific function: it may be a funerary urn or a holy water jar, or something for everyday use. Although one of the finest examples of this type of Khmer jar, it is still covered in the technically flawed but characteristic smooth, brown glaze that easily flakes.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.317.

Bibliography (5)

Edmund Capon and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'Asian Art', pg. 106-113, Sydney, 1984, 108 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 317 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, Arts of Asia, 'New Dimensions', pg. 54-63, Hong Kong, Nov 2003-Dec 2003, 58 (colour illus.). no.10

Jackie Menzies, The Art Gallery of New South Wales Collections, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 180 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies and Edmund Capon, Asian Collection Handbook, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'South-East Asian Art', pg. 83-96, Sydney, 1990, 91 (illus.).