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
Owl shaped jar
Place where the work was made
earthenware with degraded brown glaze
Gift of Mr F. Storch 1981
Not on display
Where the work was made
Referenced in 2 publications
Jackie Menzies, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Asian Art', pg. 85-103, Sydney, 1981, 94. cat.no. 14
Portrait of a Gallery, 'Asian Art', pg. 106-113, Sydney, 1984, 108 (colour illus.).