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An image of Dish by Kalong ware

Kalong ware

(Thailand  – )

Place of origin
KalongNorthern ThailandThailand
Lanna period 1200 - 1500 → Thailand
15th century
Media category
Materials used

20.5 cm diam.

Purchased 1989
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

The northern Thai kilns of Kalong lie in the valley of Vieng Papao to the west of Chiang Mai, which was the capital of the Lan Na kingdom. Whilst the various kilns of northern Thailand are usually described within the context of the Lan Na kingdom, their regional styles did not conform to an imperial standard.
Unlike the Sukhothai and Sawankhalok kilns further south which exported wares to maritime Southeast Asia, Lan Na wares were made to support a large domestic market. They were probably also traded with commercial centres to the north like Vientiane in Laos. It is probable that all northern kilns ceased production around 1558 when the city of Chiang Mai was sacked by the Burmese king Bayinnaung, who relocated artisans to principalities north of Thailand.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2014

Bibliography (3)

Jane Carnegie and Chok-Dee TENG, The Jane Carnegie Collection, Melbourne, 1988, 17 (illus.). lot 94

Jackie Menzies and Edmund Capon, Asian Collection Handbook, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'South-East Asian Art', pg. 83-96, Sydney, 1990, 94 (illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 331 (colour illus.).