- Place where the work was made
- Cultural origin
- Angkor period 802 - 1431 → Cambodia
- 11th century-12th century
- Media category
- Materials used
- stoneware with dark brown glaze to lower body, legs unglazed
- 21.0 cm
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Purchased 1981
- South Building, lower level 1, Asian Lantern galleries
- Accession number
This inspired and original interpretation of a globular-shaped pot bears the instantly recognisable features of an elephant. Revered by the Khmer people in their daily lives, the animal also appears in much Buddhist and Hindu iconography. This particular example is a stunning marriage of ornamental impulse and practical need. Ceramics such as this were neither ceremonial vessels nor ritual objects, but articles of daily use. Because they were not made for export they remained free of outside influences, retaining their highly distinctive Khmer character. Made from a light buff-coloured low-fired stoneware, and covered with a brittle brown glaze that is prone to flaking, such wares are the hallmark products of the Khmer ceramic tradition.
Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 298.
Where the work was made
Referenced in 7 publications
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: South-East Asia', pg. 298-301, Sydney, 1999, 298 (colour illus.).
Jackie Menzies, AGNSW Collections, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 180 (colour illus.).
Jackie Menzies and Edmund Capon AM, OBE, Asian Collection Handbook, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'South-East Asian Art', pg. 83-96, Sydney, 1990, 90 (illus.).
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 317 (colour illus.).
Jackie Menzies, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Asian Art', pg. 85-103, Sydney, 1981, 93 (illus.). cat.no. 13
Jacqueline Menzies, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian', pg. 72-93, Sydney, 1988, 92 (illus.).
Editor Unknown, Oriental art [vol 27, no 1], Surrey, Spring 1981, (illus.). Bluett advertisement featuring this work.
Bluett & Sons Ltd, pre 1981, London/England, purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, July 1981.