The shape of this piece is unknown in the underglaze black repertoire, but found in the so-called 'brown and pearl' wares. This characteristically small example is a waterdropper in the form of a blowfish. Miniature wares are a hallmark of Sawankhalok, and not found in the more limited Sukhothai repertoire.
Excerpt from The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.329.
Waterpot in the form of a blowfish
Sawankhalok ware waterpot
14th century-15th century
stoneware with underglaze iron-brown decoration
Gift of Mr F. Storch 1987
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–05 Sep 2015
Referenced in 2 publications
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 329 (colour illus.).
William Willetts, Ceramic art of Southeast Asia: first annual exhibition, Singapore, 1971.