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Storage pot

200 BCE-200 CE


Ban Chiang ware


  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Udon Thani Province North East Thailand Thailand
    Cultural origin
    Ban Chiang culture
    200 BCE-200 CE
    Media category
    Materials used
    earthenware with red painted decoration
    23.0 x 20.0 cm
    Purchased 1974
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Ban Chiang ware

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Ban Chiang is a major Bronze Age site located in northeast Thailand. Ban Chiang people grew rice, produced salt, and made ceramics and some bronze objects, such as spearheads, axes, arrowheads, fishhooks, and personal ornaments. The site is best known for its distinctive ceramics that were buried in graves to indicate the status and wealth of the deceased person. In burials, the ceramic vessels were placed on top of the corpse, below the legs, and above the head. Iron and bronze jewellery and tools, and objects made of glass, shell, and stone, as well as the remains of silk have also been found in Ban Chiang graves. These indicate a strong ceramic tradition, a developed metal industry, and extensive trade networks.

    Ceramic production at Ban Chiang had three main phases. Early pieces are dark in colour with incised (cut) patterns. Potters rubbed the pieces with a smooth stone to make them shiny, a technique called burnishing. Many of these early ceramics were ritually smashed before being put into graves. Later pottery has bold, painted patterns in red, and sometimes white, on a buff-coloured background. These pieces were not smashed and many were recovered intact from graves during excavation.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, May 2011

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Udon Thani Province

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

  • Provenance

    David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, Jul 1974, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased from the exhibition "Oriental Ceramics" ( July 29- August 10, 1974) cat. no. 4 by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1974.

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