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Title

Vessel

circa 1550 BCE


Artist

Ban Chiang ware

Thailand


About

Used as grave goods, Ban Chiang ceramics were discovered in burials along with bronze and iron artefacts and personal adornments such as glass beads. Through what now appears to have been erroneous dating methods, the Ban Chiang bronzes and ceramics were dated to 3600 BCE. This would have meant that bronze technology, and hence civilization, began in Thailand and not in Western Asia as previously thought. Widely publicised in 'Time' magazine in 1976, the pots gained instant fame as proof of the earliest civilization in the world. However, subsequent testing has given an average date of the 2nd century BCE. Similar dates have been given to stylistically related artefacts found at Cambodian and Vietnamese (Dong Son) sites, re-iterating the inter-connectedness of early settlements in mainland Southeast Asia. The black wares are an exception: thermoluminescence testing indicates they are much older, dating to around 1500 BCE.

'Ban Chiang ware', The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.323.


Details


Other Titles

Jar

Black vessel with a flaring mouth and incised decoration


Place where the work was made

Udon Thani Province North East Thailand Thailand


Cultural origin

Ban Chiang culture


Date

circa 1550 BCE


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

black earthenware with incised decoration


Dimensions

18.3 x 19.2 cm


Credit

Gift of Mr F. Storch 1981


Accession number

41.1981


Artist information

Ban Chiang ware

Works in the collection

16


Place

Where the work was made
Udon Thani Province

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 323 (colour illus.).