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Title

Elephant shaped jar

11th century-12th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Cambodia
    Cultural origin
    Khmer
    Period
    Angkor period 802 - 1431 → Cambodia
    Date
    11th century-12th century
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    stoneware with dark brown glaze to lower body, legs unglazed
    Dimensions
    21.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1981
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    156.1981
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Cambodia

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 10 publications