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Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Phayao Northern Thailand Thailand
    Cultural origin
    Lan Na kingdom
    Lanna period 1200 - 1500 → Thailand
    Media category
    Materials used
    42.0 cm; 33.5 cm diam.
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Goldie Sternberg Southeast Asian art purchase fund 1999
    Not on display
    Accession number

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  • About

    Although 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. This jar from Phayao, with its flared mouth, simple handles and unglazed flat base shares many features with Khmer baluster jars (see accession no. 157.2001 and 158.2001). However its combination of green and brown glazes and stamped designs indentifies it as Lan Na and makes it almost indistinguishable from jars produced in nearby Wang Nua and Sankampaeng.

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication