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Title

Jar

12th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Owl shaped jar
    Place where the work was made
    Cambodia
    Cultural origin
    Khmer
    Date
    12th century
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    earthenware with degraded brown glaze
    Dimensions
    10.8 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Mr F. Storch 1981
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    40.1981.a-b
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    Containers like this one were used to contain the lime essential to chewing betel leaves. This lime pot has the insistent presence and simplicity of form that one expects of Khmer ceramics and is an excellent example of the zoomorphic animal shapes that were part of the standard vocabulary of Khmer potters. The owl is the most common of the zoomorphic animal shapes, depictions of other animals, such as the hare and anteater being confined to the second half of the 11th and early 12 centuries.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, Nov 2015

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Cambodia

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications