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Title

Bottle with anthropomorphic shape

mid 12th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Titles
    Bottle of gourd shape
    Bottle with anthropomorphic features
    Place where the work was made
    Cambodia
    Cultural origin
    Khmer
    Period
    Angkor period 802 - 1431 → Cambodia
    Date
    mid 12th century
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    stoneware with brown glaze
    Dimensions
    26.0 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Mr F. Storch 1981
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    314.1981
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    The iconography of this rare covered jar may refer to a meditating sage, or 'rishi', one of the wandering ascetics associated with Hinduism and distinguished by their beards. The form may be that of a mountain, abstracted and translated into the Khmer ceramic idiom. Since mountains were considered the abode of the gods and a place of retreat, they were favourite haunts of ascetics. It is unclear whether this vessel had a specific function: it may be a funerary urn or a holy water jar, or something for everyday use. Although one of the finest examples of this type of Khmer jar, it is still covered in the technically flawed but characteristic smooth, brown glaze that easily flakes.

    The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.317.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Cambodia

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications