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Title

Wine jar

12th century-13th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Laos
    Cultural origin
    Khmer
    Date
    12th century-13th century
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    stoneware with greenish-brown glaze
    Dimensions
    17.7 cm diam. of rim; 61.0 x 44.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2001
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    158.2001
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    This large wine jar is a typical example of a type of ceramic storage vessel produced in the Angkorean region of Southeast Asia, which at its zenith extended from Cambodia to Southern Laos and across to North-Eastern Thailand. Generally, such vessels were produced for domestic use and not as articles of trade.

    These types of jars seem to have been commonly used for fermenting and storing wine or other spirits. Indeed, a bas-relief on the walls of the Khmer temple of the Bayon depicts men drinking from a jar not unlike this one. The relief indicates that on festive occasions or celebrations, a village or community would gather to drink from these types of jars using bamboo or reed straws.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2001.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Laos

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications